Read Mark 11:20-24 and Mark 14:8. Jesus asked God for what He wanted Him to do. Our ultimate goal should be to serve the Lord and have the right expectations for our life. Our life may not turn out how we expected it to, but if we will work on delighting in the Lord with our lives, than He will take control of what we desire. Our life will turn out better than what we had originally planned if we would just listen to Him.
Mark 10:45 “For even the Son of man came not to be ministered unto, but to minister, and to give his life a ransom for many.” Look up Mark 1:21-35. Even after doing something great, he simply went on to the next task to get the job done. While it is encouraging and exciting to see other people serving, bragging about it or posting it to social media should not be the reason why we do it. Like Jesus, we should be serving to serve, not serving to make a name for ourselves.
Mark 10:45 “For even the Son of man came not to be ministered unto, but to minister, and to give his life a ransom for many.” The best ministers, or servants, do not need to be praised for what they do. When we ask our family, employers, or Pastors for a way to serve, and we do it well, a simple thank you should be enough for us. There will be times that they will not even say thank you, but instead of being annoyed, consider their schedule. Many times a person is a lot more grateful than what they express. While we all want to be praised both privately and publicly, that is not why we should be serving. We should serve to be more like Christ.
Mark 10:45 “For even the Son of man came not to be ministered unto, but to minister, and to give his life a ransom for many.” The entire book of Mark shows us the humanity of Christ. He came to minister, or serve, others. It’s a good thing when we are asked to serve, and we shouldn’t be offended by it. It means they trust us enough to get it done right. If you are not being asked to serve anywhere, go volunteer for it. If we have time to help, we can simply ask our Pastors, employers, and family how we can serve them today.
Look up Romans 13:1-10. Another part in respecting our authority has to do with our attitude towards them. When we have a sincere question about something they said or have a major issue to take to them, it would be best to schedule a time to meet with them if at all possible. There will be times that we won’t like how that meeting ended, but unless they are scripturally wrong, we still should respect the fact that God put them in that position over us.