An Unusual Measure for Greatness (Mark 9:33-41)

Tony FelichTony Felich, January 15, 2012
Part of the Exposition of The Gospel of Mark series, preached at a Morning Worship service

If we desire spiritual greatness, then what we truly desire is the task of service to others.

“This humility, which is the basic law of the kingdom, demands a complete reversal of our previous scale of values.” – R. Cole

I. Humility is not a natural virtue! (33-34)

II. Jesus reverses how to become great (35-37)

III. Motive test: Am I doing this for the glory of Christ? (38-41)


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Mark 9:33-41

33 And they came to Capernaum. And when he was in the house he asked them, “What were you discussing on the way?” 34 But they kept silent, for on the way they had argued with one another about who was the greatest. 35 And he sat down and called the twelve. And he said to them, “If anyone would be first, he must be last of all and servant of all.” 36 And he took a child and put him in the midst of them, and taking him in his arms, he said to them, 37 “Whoever receives one such child in my name receives me, and whoever receives me, receives not me but him who sent me.”

38 John said to him, “Teacher, we saw someone casting out demons in your name, and we tried to stop him, because he was not following us.” 39 But Jesus said, “Do not stop him, for no one who does a mighty work in my name will be able soon afterward to speak evil of me. 40 For the one who is not against us is for us. 41 For truly, I say to you, whoever gives you a cup of water to drink because you belong to Christ will by no means lose his reward. (ESV)

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