Sacrifice not Self-Seeking

Such concern
about who is the best,
the greatest,
the most important;
which one
deserves most praise
and glory.

How can this be the focus
in the presence of you?
The one who truly is
the Great One.

Such failure to grasp
what this is all about,
what really matters.

This is not about getting,
but giving.
The concern
should be living
and loving.

Until we get that,
the cross is an anathema,
a mystery,
incomprehensible.

When we get it,
we see what giving
and serving truly are.

Lord,
may I seek the way of love
and sacrifice,
not glory
and the appreciation
of those around me.

May I live your way.

When I Survey the Wondrous Cross

Mark 9:30-37 (CEV)

Jesus Again Speaks about His Death

30 Jesus left with his disciples and started through Galilee. He did not want anyone to know about it, 31 because he was teaching the disciples that the Son of Man would be handed over to people who would kill him. But three days later he would rise to life. 32 The disciples did not understand what Jesus meant, and they were afraid to ask.

Who Is the Greatest?

33 Jesus and his disciples went to his home in Capernaum. After they were inside the house, Jesus asked them, “What were you arguing about along the way?” 34 They had been arguing about which one of them was the greatest, and so they did not answer.

35 After Jesus sat down and told the twelve disciples to gather around him, he said, “If you want the place of honor, you must become a slave and serve others!”

36 Then Jesus had a child stand near him. He put his arm around the child and said, 37 “When you welcome even a child because of me, you welcome me. And when you welcome me, you welcome the one who sent me.”

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