Today’s Reading: Mark 10
Many times during His earthly ministry, Jesus predicted His own death and the suffering His disciples would endure. He wanted those who followed Him to have a clear picture of what they were getting themselves into—connecting oneself with the mission of Jesus requires sacrifice. Contrary to how the disciples viewed it, Jesus defined effective discipleship by the practice of humble service to other people (Mark 10:42-45). He downplayed success as an attainment of position and power. Real effectiveness in ministry comes through serving, not through being served. This mindset was counter cultural in Jesus’ day, and it remains counter cultural for ours today too. Serving others requires an active attentiveness to people’s needs and genuine compassion for people’s souls. When we struggle to show this kind of humility and compassion to others, it is important to remember that this is how God loves us. Recognizing the love, compassion, and grace of God in our own lives enables us to overflow that love to others.
How do you feel when you reflect on the grace and compassion God has shown you through Jesus? Who needs to receive that same grace, love, and compassion from you today?
Memory Verses: Mark 10:45; John 6:37
Excerpted from Robby & Kandi Gallaty, Foundations: A 260-Day Bible Reading Plan for Busy Believers. © 2017 Lifeway Press. Used by permission. www.LifeWay.com/Foundations