James 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.” And he said to them, “What is it you want me to do for you?” And they said to him, “Grant us to sit, one at your right hand and one at your left, in your glory.” But 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?” They 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; but 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.”-Mark 10:35-40
All of us have an instinct to shine, to be the best at something, to gain attention for our accomplishments. But Christ says the way of discipleship is not one of glory, but one of service to others. [hear sermon audio]
This week, take some time to dive into these scriptures and questions during your devotion time.
- Who in your community is underserved?
- Who needs to hear about Jesus?
- What comforts might you have to sacrifice so others can hear the good news of Jesus?
- Get uncomfortable: Make a list of changes and opportunities around you that make you uncomfortable. Ask yourself how your comfort contributes to the needs of others and how it interfers. Pick one item and do something this week to push beyond your comfort zone.
- Find someone who needs an act of kindness this week and do some thing nice for them without recognition.
- share a story of how someones service to your impacted your life in our Facebook group or on Twitter and Instagram (tag us @dpumc).