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
What does the verse say?
- The verse showed Jesus meeting with the 12 disciples, trying to explain to them that He will die on the cross soon. The disciples do not understand what Jesus means, so He tries to explain by using this verse--that those who will be first, will be the very last and a servant to all.
What does it mean?
- The verse says that we should prioritize others over ourselves. We can prioritize other people by serving other people. We want to be the first in what God calls us to be ... first in (loving others, serving others, praying, and worshiping God). We also have to know that Jesus chose to be the absolute very very least of us all by dying on the cross, serving all of humanity, but He is now at the right hand of God and has become first.
What does it mean for me?
- Because Jesus died for us, served us, and chose to be the very last, we should also follow what the example He has set. Here's an example about how you can put this idea into practice: Say you were the first in line for lunch, but you let everyone else behind you go before you...even if that meant you didn't get the good desserts-- that's what it means to serve all and being the very last.
Until next time,