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care for the flock

Now as an elder myself and a witness of the sufferings of Christ, as well as one who shares in the glory to be revealed, I exhort the elders among you 2to tend the flock of God that is in your charge, exercising the oversight, not under compulsion but willingly, as God would have you do it—not for sordid gain but eagerly. 3Do not lord it over those in your charge, but be examples to the flock. 4And when the chief shepherd appears, you will win the crown of glory that never fades away. 5In the same way, you who are younger must accept the authority of the elders. And all of you must clothe yourselves with humility in your dealings with one another, for “God opposes the proud, but gives grace to the humble.” (1 Peter 5:1-5, NRSV)

Why do you do what you do for God?

Do we serve others for the gain it gets us?

Do we serve because God served us?

We should give to the people of God as God gave to each and every one of us, freely and without us deserving it.

Care for those around you because God cares for you.

 

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Who is the Greatest

30They went on from there and passed through Galilee. He did not want anyone to know it; 31for he was teaching his disciples, saying to them, “The Son of Man is to be betrayed into human hands, and they will kill him, and three days after being killed, he will rise again.” 32But they did not understand what he was saying and were afraid to ask him. 33Then they came to Capernaum; and when he was in the house he asked them, “What were you arguing about on the way?” 34But they were silent, for on the way they had argued with one another who was the greatest. 35He sat down, called the twelve, and said to them, “Whoever wants to be first must be last of all and servant of all.” 36Then he took a little child and put it among them; and taking it in his arms, he said to them, 37“Whoever welcomes one such child in my name welcomes me, and whoever welcomes me welcomes not me but the one who sent me.” (Mark 9:30-37, NRSV)

You can not be a leader if you are not willing to serve.

We have to welcome all people where they are and as they are. That is what God did for us.

No one is greater than any other person, and we all must serve each other.

The first shall be last and the last shall be first.

 

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Simon’s Mother-in-Law

29As soon as they left the synagogue, they entered the house of Simon and Andrew, with James and John. 30Now Simon’s mother-in-law was in bed with a fever, and they told him about her at once. 31He came and took her by the hand and lifted her up. Then the fever left her, and she began to serve them. 32That evening, at sundown, they brought to him all who were sick or possessed with demons. 33And the whole city was gathered around the door. 34And he cured many who were sick with various diseases, and cast out many demons; and he would not permit the demons to speak, because they knew him. 35In the morning, while it was still very dark, he got up and went out to a deserted place, and there he prayed. 36And Simon and his companions hunted for him. 37When they found him, they said to him, “Everyone is searching for you.” 38He answered, “Let us go on to the neighboring towns, so that I may proclaim the message there also; for that is what I came out to do.” 39And he went throughout Galilee, proclaiming the message in their synagogues and casting out demons. (Mark 1:29-39, NRSV)

Today we read the beginning of this passage and wonder why Simon’s mother-in-law had to serve them after Jesus healed her. She didn’t have to. Maybe she wanted to. Remember that was society norms for that time.

They wouldn’t focus on that but it’s funny that everytime I read this passage that is what I wonder. Not about all the others who heard about the healing come to be healed or that Jesus leaves to go to other villages.

Let’s focus on the miracles. When you focus on the miracles you will see more around you.

 

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Jesus Came to Serve

35James and John, the sons of Zebedee, came forward to him and said to him, “Teacher, we want you to do for us whatever we ask of you.” 36And he said to them, “What is it you want me to do for you?” 37And they said to him, “Grant us to sit, one at your right hand and one at your left, in your glory.” 38But Jesus said to them, “You do not know what you are asking. Are you able to drink the cup that I drink, or be baptized with the baptism that I am baptized with?” 39They replied, “We are able.” Then Jesus said to them, “The cup that I drink you will drink; and with the baptism with which I am baptized, you will be baptized; 40but to sit at my right hand or at my left is not mine to grant, but it is for those for whom it has been prepared.” 41When the ten heard this, they began to be angry with James and John.42So Jesus called them and said to them, “You know that among the Gentiles those whom they recognize as their rulers lord it over them, and their great ones are tyrants over them. 43But it is not so among you; but whoever wishes to become great among you must be your servant, 44and whoever wishes to be first among you must be slave of all. 45For the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve, and to give his life a ransom for many.” (Mark 10:35-45, NRSV)

Power. It gets to all of us. We want it and we will do whatever we have to to get it and keep it.

James and John asked for something they had no clue what they were asking. Because power corrupts. Control is something we all need to let go of and allow God to have. You see because when we think we control anything in our lives we are fooling ourselves and making God laugh.

Why do we want things we have no idea what it will lead to or what it will bring, why can we not just rely on God and know that God will never let us down?

 

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Servants of God

15What then? Should we sin because we are not under law but under grace? By no means! 16Do you not know that if you present yourselves to anyone as obedient slaves, you are slaves of the one whom you obey, either of sin, which leads to death, or of obedience, which leads to righteousness? 17But thanks be to God that you, having once been slaves of sin, have become obedient from the heart to the form of teaching to which you were entrusted, 18and that you, having been set free from sin, have become slaves of righteousness. 19I am speaking in human terms because of your natural limitations. For just as you once presented your members as slaves to impurity and to greater and greater iniquity, so now present your members as slaves to righteousness for sanctification.20When you were slaves of sin, you were free in regard to righteousness.21So what advantage did you then get from the things of which you now are ashamed? The end of those things is death. 22But now that you have been freed from sin and enslaved to God, the advantage you get is sanctification. The end is eternal life. 23For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord. (Romans 6:15-23, NRSV)

Should we sin because we know when we sin we get grace? No! We get grace regardless. We do not need to remove our selves from God’s presence through sin to get more grace.

But we are either a slave to sin or to righteousness?

So who is your master?

God or sin?

 

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Faithful or Wicked

45“Who then is the faithful and wise slave, whom his master has put in charge of his household, to give the other slaves their allowance of food at the proper time? 46Blessed is that slave whom his master will find at work when he arrives. 47Truly I tell you, he will put that one in charge of all his possessions. 48But if that wicked slave says to himself, ‘My master is delayed,’ 49and he begins to beat his fellow slaves, and eats and drinks with drunkards, 50the master of that slave will come on a day when he does not expect him and at an hour that he does not know. 51He will cut him in pieces and put him with the hypocrites, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth. (Matthew 24:45-51, NRSV)

Have you ever been in a position of power or being in control? How did you handle it?

Were you a boss that told everyone what to do while you sat back and watched from the sideline and yelled at people when they messed it up? Or were you a leader and a person who worked alongside the others and did your fair share of the work?

It is not for us to lord our control over others. We need to serve at all times and know that by serving we are doing what Christ has called us to do.

 

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The Servant Leader

24When the ten heard it, they were angry with the two brothers. 25But Jesus called them to him and said, “You know that the rulers of the Gentiles lord it over them, and their great ones are tyrants over them.26It will not be so among you; but whoever wishes to be great among you must be your servant, 27and whoever wishes to be first among you must be your slave; 28just as the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve, and to give his life a ransom for many.” (Matthew 20:24-28, NRSV)

If you want to be great in the kingdom of God you must be a servant of all. Even those who would betray you. You see Jesus gave us an example of this when he washed the feet of the disciples and included in those whose feet he washed was Judas, the one wh ok handed him over.

So to do what God has called us to do we must love everyone and serve those whom we are with.

Be like Jesus and give as God gave to you.

 

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