August 28

“Dirty Hands”

By David Voight

Mark 10:35-53


When I was a kid growing up, we were no strangers to hard work.  Whether it was on the farm or working around the house trying to keep out the elements, my dad always lead by example of what it was to have pride in your work.  Sometimes the task for the day was not all that desirable, but we did it anyway.  The one take away that I live by today and try to instill in my kids; “never ask someone to do something that you’re not willing to do yourself.”  Delegation is necessary, but respect comes from the person who is willing to get their hands dirty right alongside of you.  I learned that from my dad.

Today as I read the passage, the first thing I see is Jesus’ disciples looking for a place of honor at the left and right hand of Jesus; a place of importance and power.  How many of us live our lives striving for recognition or power?  Jesus’ response is not what they expected. “Whoever wants to be a leader among you must be your servant, and whoever wants to be first among you must be the slave of everyone else.”(V43, 44)  Jesus gave up his throne in order to get his hands dirty for our sake.

With us, it should be different as well.  Our own desire for leadership and recognition should be trumped by humility to serve.  Not service for our own ambitions, but service for God’s plan.  There’s a whole world out there dying without the hope that we have in Jesus.  It’s time to get out there and get our hands dirty, too!

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