Week of September 10
Scripture to Memorize: Mark 10:45
For even the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.”
Day 1--Read: Luke 22:24-30
A dispute also arose among them, as to which of them was to be regarded as the greatest. 25 And he said to them, “The kings of the Gentiles exercise lordship over them, and those in authority over them are called benefactors. 26 But not so with you. Rather, let the greatest among you become as the youngest, and the leader as one who serves.27 For who is the greater, one who reclines at table or one who serves? Is it not the one who reclines at table? But I am among you as the one who serves.
28 “You are those who have stayed with me in my trials, 29 and I assign to you, as my Father assigned to me, a kingdom, 30 that you may eat and drink at my table in my kingdom and sit on thrones judging the twelve tribes of Israel.
Reflect: What is the source of dispute?
Consider: benefactors—a title which the vanity of princes eagerly coveted.1
Respond: What is your biggest temptation to think more highly of yourself that you ought? Successful ministry? Avoidance of the “big sins”? Successful career? How can you guard against your circumstances in life leading to an unhealthy attitude about who you are in God’s eyes?
1 Robert Jamieson, A. R. Fausset, and David Brown, Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible, vol. 2 (Oak Harbor, WA: Logos Research Systems, Inc., 1997), 123.