Mark 9:35 If anyone wants to be first, he must be the very last, and the servant of all.
I was listening to Mark 9 being preached and this statement popped into my head: “To be blessed, you must be cursed.” Not much of a bumper sticker phrase, but if we look carefully at the heart of Christ’s message—not only what he said, but how he lived—we will see that is core of Christianity. We have been called to follow Jesus Christ, and where did he go?
He was rejected by the authorities, betrayed by his friends and put to death because of his radical message. He was mocked in his hometown. The disciples left everything to follow him. The rich young ruler went away upset by Jesus’ words. A mob of faithful people wanted to push Jesus off a cliff.
I wonder if we have sanitized the message of God so that we do not have to step out in faith and trust that to be blessed, we must be cursed. That we would rather have our faith identity help propel us forward, rather than be humbled and become the servant of all.
Kinda of a downer, but it makes me wonder how I may better follow in the ways of Christ? Am I willing to be cursed?