Pastor Bud's Blog

Being realigned to God's kingdom-values...

Hello Church,

In Mark 9:33-35 we read, "Then they came to Capernaum; and when he was in the house he asked them, 'What were you arguing about on the way?' But they were silent, for on the way they had argued with one another who was the greatest. He sat down, called the twelve, and said to them, 'Whoever wants to be first must be last of all and servant of all.'"

That was really a "Come to Jesus" meeting.  Sometimes I need a little realignment of my priorities, or a little reassessment of my motives, or a little tweaking of my heart attitudes. Sometimes I need to listen to that voice within that asks, "Whose kingdom are you really building? And whose name are you really promoting? And whose cause are you really battling?" And so, like the disciples, Jesus sits me down so we can have a little "Come to Jesus" meeting.

God's kingdom functions differently than ours.  In God's kingdom, the way up, is down. The way to lead, is to serve. The place of honor only comes from a place of humility. Matthew 23:12 says, "All who exalt themselves will be
humbled, and all who humble themselves will be exalted." So Jesus calls a little "sit down" with his disciples and he teaches them:  the last become first; the first becomes last.  That's how it works in the kingdom of God.

Maybe we could pray, "Lord, you know me like no one else. You know when I sit down; when I stand up. You discern my thoughts... and yet, somehow, you still love me.  Somehow you still patiently bear with me."  Maybe we could pray like the psalmist in Psalm 139 who says, "Search me, O God, and know my heart.  Test me and know my thoughts.  See if there is any wicked in me, and lead me in the way everlasting."

So Jesus, thanks for the sit down this morning. Thank you that you love me enough to gently but firmly realign me and remind of Your kingdom ways.  I want the world to see Your kingdom in me and for all people to be drawn to your incredible love.

You are in my thoughts and prayers today,
Pastor Bud

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