Solutions June 2018 - Page 71

QUIT HELPING OUT By Chris Sonksen By Nature We Are Radically Self-Absorbed Your church has places for you to serve, and Christ wants you to serve there. This may not be a normal thing where you work or maybe even with the friends you associate with. Maybe that was the problem with the disciples. They didn’t grow up in church, so the idea of serving others through the body of Christ was foreign to them. People around them were very self-absorbed: religious leaders, tax collectors, and high-ranking officials were all out for themselves. Knowing this, Jesus took advantage of the moment and responded to the disciples’ selfishness by saying this: You know that the rulers in this world lord it over their people, and officials flaunt their authority over those under them. But among you it will be different. 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. For even the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve others and to give his life as a ransom for many. (Mark 10:42–45) Did you catch what Jesus says there? He points out to the disciples that many people around them flaunt their authority and do not serve others but only serve themselves. Then he says, “But among you it will b