Jesus And Identity Week 1, Devotion 1

“Sitting down, Jesus called the Twelve and said, ‘If anyone wants to be first, he must be the very last, and the servant of all.’” Mark 9:35

There’s this understanding in our world that the way to get ahead is to “look out for number 1.” As long as you’re not harming anyone else, anything you need to do to make a name for yourself is fair game. Promote yourself. Build a “brand” through Twitter and Instagram. Collect friends and “likes.” Through it all, make yourself look as good as possible. Be famous in your own, little world.

The problem with this is that it’s pretty much the opposite of how Jesus talks about real greatness.

See, part of your identity as a Christ-follower is serving others. You’re called to look out for the interest of other’s ahead of your own, especially if those people are the weak, the castoffs, and the lost. Because you’re a Christ-follower, true greatness comes from putting yourself last.

 This is SO counter-cultural to the world you live in, isn’t it?

This means it’s a challenge to live like this. But it also means there is a ton of opportunity. You can go a long way toward showing others your true identity in Christ simply by putting them first. Not only will you be obeying Christ, but your actions will lead others to know a little more about Jesus and the difference He has made in your life.