Jesus was so good at stopping traffic. Sometimes it was a traffic jam where crowds would swarm Him to get a blessing or food or a word from The Lord. Other times it was a group that didn’t want to hear what He had to say but still they would gather and sit and listen. In today’s text, it is a stop that He directs with just His little group of followers:
And he sat down and called the twelve. And he said to them, “If anyone would be first, he must be last of all and servant of all.” Mark 9:35
They have just been talking about who was the greatest among them. They were on a journey. Jesus treated this conversation with enough importance to sit them down and talk about it eyeball to eyeball. Why? They needed to change their view. They were getting into a worldly discussion about who was first and who was great and Jesus wanted them to set their minds on the things of God rather than the things of man. He turned their logic on its ear and told them to line up last and to serve all. Humility was His point. It was important then and it is important now. If we are to serve God well then we mustn’t jockey for position or attention. We must put Him in position (first) and give Him our attention (all of it).
This is an important lesson for us all. Humility is fleeting. Just when we think we have it (Oh, I’m humble) then we have lost it (that is pride). God resists the proud but gives His grace to the humble. Let’s put ourselves in position to receive His grace today!