Read: Mark 10:35-45
Reflection: In this passage James and John are asking Jesus whether they can sit at his side in Heaven – whether they can have power and glory. When the other disciples hear this they become angry, jealous that James and John got there first and may have won the top seats before they get a chance. But we see from Jesus’ response that his understanding of “greatness” is far removed from the understanding held by the world. It is not about status, money or academic achievement, but about self-giving service.
Jesus said: “if you want to be first, you must be everyone’s slave” (v.44). What could he mean by first? He said: “the son of man did not come to be a slave master but a slave” (v.45), how did Jesus show his greatness through serving others?
Read: 1 Peter 4:1-11
Reflection: God has blessed each one of us with amazing gifts. Gifts of kindness, of generosity, of administration, of creativity, of musical abilities, of great baking skills. But how do we use them?
What do you think your gifts are? How could you use your gifts for the “service of others” (v.10)? Peter, the author of this book, tells us that “everything should be done in a way that will bring honour to God” (v.11). What do you think this could mean for your life?
Read: Philippians 2:1-9
Reflection: In this reading, Paul tells us about humility, about not thinking of ourselves as the most important. He talks about Jesus in verses 6-9, but how did Jesus show his humility? We are called to be humble, not proud or jealous. How could you achieve this in your life? We are told to “consider others more important than yourselves. Care about them as much as you care about yourselves”, what would this look like in your daily life? What changes might you need to make?
Additional: Feel free to read these extra passages if you have time during your devotional, or at another point if you would like to discover more.
Read: John 13:1-20
Reflection: How is Jesus serving his disciples? How is he telling us that we should act?
Read: Galatians 5:1-26
Reflection: What does freedom in Christ mean to you? How can we “serve each other with love”?