February 6, 2024

Mark 9:33-37 (HCSB)
Who is the Greatest?
33 Then they came to Capernaum.  When He was in the house, He asked them, “What were you arguing about on the way?”  34 But they were silent,  because on the way they had been arguing with one another about who was the greatest.  35 Sitting down, He called the Twelve and said to them, “If anyone wants to be first, he must be last of all and servant of all.”  36 Then He took a child, had him stand among them, and taking him in His arms, He said to them, 37 “Whoever welcomes one little child such as this in My name welcomes Me. And whoever welcomes Me does not welcome Me, but Him who sent Me.”

Pastor HD Jones
Isn’t it funny that the words discipleship and discipline have the word “discipl” in them?  (yes I know “discipl” is not a word) but it is a great reminder that to be a disciple you must discipline yourself. One of my biggest problems is “me”.  “Me” likes me and wants what me wants and thinks me is always correct because really it is all about me.  That is known as the sin of PRIDE and we all struggle with this sin.  As a matter of fact, many people believe that pride is the root of every type of sin.  When Jesus says if you want to be great in the Kingdom, then you must deal with your “me” problem.  Nothing is more concerning to the pastor than to see “church people” not serving.  How crazy that we want to call ourselves “Christians or little Christ” and yet we serve only ourselves.  Think about that next time you come to an event only to partake of the food, fun, festivities and never offer to fold a chair, take out trash, or even put your own trash in the trash can.   Please run, run, run to the front of the line so you can get your favorite foods before they run out because that is exactly what Jesus did while He was on planet earth (that’s sarcasm if ya didn’t know).  OK enough of my rant… discipline yourself to show that you are His disciple.

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