Wednesday, March 4, 2009

Aim to be GREAT (email to CORE)

In Mark 10 starting with verse 35, we read a interesting story about James and John. Honestly, one I never really enjoyed because they seem SO arrogant. It’s the story about James and John approaching Jesus and asking Him if they could sit at His right and His left when they all get to Heaven. Doesn’t that rub you guys the wrong way? However, in C.J. Mahaney’s book, “Humility: True Greatness” he points out something in Jesus’ response that I never noticed previous times I read it.

Christ’s Response:

“You know that those who are regarded as rulers of the Gentiles lord it over them, and their high officials exercise authority over them. Not so with you. Instead, whoever wants to become great among you must be your servant, and whoever wants to be first must be slave to all. For even the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.” -Mark 10: 42-45

C.J.’s Response:

“ What I find especially fascinating and instructive in His next words is that Jesus does not categorically criticize or forbid the desire and ambition to be great. Instead, He clearly redirects that ambition, redefines it, and purifies it:” pg.43

In other words, the desire to be great is not wrong, it’s all about how we go about it. I believe God wants us to desire our team of CORE leaders to be great. He desires our counselors to be great, and He longs for our IMPACT to be great. We simply need to remember what true greatness looks like and why it is we aim to be great. We aim to be great because He was first GREAT for us. He gave His life for us when we least deserved it and BECAUSE of that love we seek to honor His name by being great. We do THAT by being SERVANTS. It completely goes against all the world teaches but that is simply because the world is wrong. Think about it.

In Him, For Him
Eric

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