Focal passage: Mark 10:35-45
We do not have to look far to find people that have demonstrated incredible service, all in the name of our Savior. If you are not familiar with North Carolina’s Baptists on Mission (also called N.C. Baptist Men, NCBM), it is an auxiliary of the Baptist State Convention of North Carolina.
Their desire is to help Christians become involved “in missions and ministry in Jesus’ name.”
Paul and Carrie Fisher were just that type of family. Paul served in the U.S. Army in Afghanistan in early 2000s. After returning stateside, he came to accept Christ into his life. In 2012, he married his wife, Carrie, and later they felt called to volunteer in disaster relief. Pursuing God, they left their jobs. They became volunteer coordinators in Puerto Rico where they both were ready to serve Jesus and make a change in someone’s life.
In Mark 10, Jesus reveals to His disciples a reordering of their lives (redemption).
First, Christ centers the focus and attention on Himself (v. 39). The Fishers understood that call, and their service came as a result of pursuing God.
Mark highlights two of the closest disciples of Jesus, James and John, emphasizing that even those near and dear to Him are susceptible to having a misplaced focus (v. 41). They are seeking worldly glory. Jesus shows true glory lies in serving, not being served.
Christ redeems the moment of correction with James and John by revealing the proper order of things (v. 42-44). The way up is down in God’s Kingdom.
If our focus on Christ is misplaced, then our service will follow. Christ provides the best example of service by redeeming the fallen world (v. 45).
The focus of the lesson even notes Jesus demonstrated humble service by His redemptive work for our sin. So, remember to chase after God, the serve part can start anywhere.
How will you serve?
(EDITOR’S NOTE – In memory of NCBM coordinator Paul Fisher, who passed away Feb. 28, 2019, while serving the Lord in Puerto Rico.)