Jesus says greatness comes from serving others.

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Humility

The three lessons Jesus taught in this section are basic to Christian living today. If we are yielded to Him, then suffering will lead to glory, faith will produce power, and our sacrificial service will lead to honor. John reported to Jesus that they had seen a man casting out demons “in thy name"(v. 38) and they had tried to stop him. It appears that John and the other disciples were jealous and had given offense to the man (v. 38). They had tried to restrain and so Jesus takes time to teach them an important principle, “For he that is not against us is on our part” (vv. 39-41). This is definitely dealing with an attitude of judgement toward others. These words of Jesus are a death blow to the intolerant spirit, to the attitude that says, “Our group is the only group that is right.” Jesus here establishes the basis for fellowship among believers. He is really saying, “I don’t care what denomination you are in. If you have received Jesus as your personal Saviour, if you have been born again, you are my sister or brother in Christ.”

Next Jesus brings up a subject that is seldom mentioned in religious circles today. He talks about a place called hell (vv. 42-50). It is a real, actual, literal place. God says that if people die in their sins apart from the Lord Jesus they will go to a place where the fire is not quenched and the worm dieth not (vv 43,44). We must take sin seriously. Your hand (v. 43) represents what you do. Is there any action, anything you are doing in your life, that is not pleasing to God? Your foot (v. 45) represents where you go. Are you going anywhere that causes you to sin? Your eye (v. 47) represents what you see. Are you looking at anything that brings sin into your life? True humility means knowing yourself, accepting yourself, being yourself and giving yourself for others. The world’s philosophy is that you are “great” if others are working for you, but Jesus message is that greatness comes from serving others.

Application

Can I think of anything in my life that I need to get rid of?  It may be things I am doing, it may be places I am going, it could be things I am watching. I need to tell God I am sorry and ask Him to help me start doing things that He wants me to do.

Mark 9:38-50 (English Standard Version)

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." 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. For the one who is not against us is for us. 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. "Whoever causes one of these little ones who believe in me to sin, it would be better for him if a great millstone were hung around his neck and he were thrown into the sea. And if your hand causes you to sin, cut it off. It is better for you to enter life crippled than with two hands to go to hell, to the unquenchable fire. And if your foot causes you to sin, cut it off. It is better for you to enter life lame than with two feet to be thrown into hell. And if your eye causes you to sin, tear it out. It is better for you to enter the kingdom of God with one eye than with two eyes to be thrown into hell, 'where their worm does not die and the fire is not quenched.' For everyone will be salted with fire. Salt is good, but if the salt has lost its saltiness, how will you make it salty again? Have salt in yourselves, and be at peace with one another."

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