INKED by SERVICE (part 3)

Jesus Defines Greatness

Jesus tells us what greatness truly is in Mark 10:42-45

@42 We see a cultural perception of greatness

The MESSAGE reads this way: “You’ve observed how godless rulers throw their weight around,” he said, “and when people get a little power how quickly it goes to their heads.”

The NLT reads like this: “You know that the rulers in this world lord it over their people, and officials flaunt their authority over those under them.”

A lot of people in Jesus’ day thought you were great if you could make other people look bad – intimidate others – be in charge – be ruthless. Does this sound familiar?

But the kicker is what Jesus says after this:

“Not so with you.”

Christian, if you wanna be great, serve.  You don’t flaunt your authority or your influence.

@45 Jesus tells us why our lives should be permanently marked by service:

“For even the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve

Even though he had EVERY right to!  This theme that Jesus is a servant shows up other places in the Bible, too:

Why are our lives permanently marked by service?

Because Jesus came as a to serve.

Why did He come to serve?  We’ll explore that next