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Leadership

Servanthood Leadership: Mark 10:41-45
“41) Hearing this, the ten began to feel indignant with James and John. 42) Calling them to Himself, Jesus *said to them, “You know that those who are recognized as rulers of the Gentiles Lord it over them; and their great men exercise authority over them. 43) But it is not this way among you, but whoever wishes to become great among you shall be your servant; 44) and whoever wishes to be first among you shall be slave of all. 45) For even the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give His life a ransom for many.”” Mark‬ ‭10‬:‭41‬-‭45‬ ‭
Jesus had a crisis brewing among His team. They were fighting over who was greatest. They were grasping for power and authority.
They did not understand that in the Kingdom of God all authority and power remains with Jesus Christ. We are merely servants and conduit through which He works. When we exalt ourselves we grieve and hinder His work.
The greatest workers in the kingdom of God get out of the way so as not to hinder or distort Gods love, grace, gifts and power through them. When self gets in the way, we quench and grieve the Holy Spirit. The most effective workers in the kingdom see themselves as “bond servants” of Jesus Christ. (Romans 1:1; Galatians 1:10; Colossians 1:7; 4:7; 2 Timothy 2:24; Tutus 1:1; James 1:1; 2 Peter 1:1; Jude 1:1; Revelation 1:1; Revelation 15:3)
Early church leaders took this identity seriously. Jesus was Lord and Master. They were His servant. Whenever this changes, exploitation, personal agendas, abuse and corruption keeps into leadership. Such has become the plight of the modern church.
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Self Promotion

The Campaign for Self Promotion: Mark 10:35-41
“35) James and John, the two sons of Zebedee, *came up to Jesus, saying, “Teacher, we want You to do for us whatever we ask of You.” 36) And He said to them, “What do you want Me to do for you?” 37) They said to Him, “Grant that we may sit, one on Your right and one on Your left, in Your glory.” 38) But Jesus said to them, “You do not know what you are asking. Are you able to drink the cup that I drink, or to be baptized with the baptism with which I am baptized?” 39) They said to Him, “We are able.” And Jesus said to them, “The cup that I drink you shall drink; and you shall be baptized with the baptism with which I am baptized. 40) But to sit on My right or on My left, this is not Mine to give; but it is for those for whom it has been prepared.” 41) Hearing this, the ten began to feel indignant with James and John.” ‭‭Mark‬ ‭10‬:‭35‬-‭41‬ ‭
Jesus was heading to the cross and His disciples were arguing about the crown. James and John were campaigning for the highest positions in His coming kingdom.
The only good news about this story was that they genuinely believed Jesus was the Messiah. From childhood they had heard that the coming Messiah was going to free Israel and restore the kingdom of David. He was going to rule as a King. They wanted to occupy the highest positions on His coming kingdom.
The problem was their theology didn’t include His suffering, death on the cross, resurrection or the church age. Though He tried to prepare them in the previous two verses, it did not fit their theology. They were blind.
When the others heard of this campaign by the sons of Zebedee, they became indignant. They were jealous. His earthly ministry was coming down to the final week and His team was disentegradrng from within.
Satan often attacks the team. He seeks to undermine leadership and derail focus. There is always trouble when Christians seek personal agendas. There is no room in the Kingdom of God for the pride, self promotion and corruption of the world.
Daily Bible Commentary By Terry Baxter: Cofounder of GoServ Global

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Mark 10:32-34

Out Of Tune With Jesus: Mark 10:32-34
“32) They were on the road going up to Jerusalem, and Jesus was walking on ahead of them; and they were amazed, and those who followed were fearful. And again He took the twelve aside and began to tell them what was going to happen to Him, 33) saying, “Behold, we are going up to Jerusalem, and the Son of Man will be delivered to the chief priests and the scribes; and they will condemn Him to death and will hand Him over to the Gentiles. 34) They will mock Him and spit on Him, and scourge Him and kill Him, and three days later He will rise again.”” Mark‬ ‭10‬:‭32‬-‭34‬ ‭
This text corresponds to Matthew 20:17-19 and Luke 18:31-34. The final week of His earthy ministry had arrived. Jesus was trying to prepare His disciples for His coming death, burial and resurrection.
This was not a new theme. If you go back and review Mark 8:31 and 9:31, this was the third significant time He focused on this theme. Yet, they were living in denial.
It appears from verse 32 that the designation traveling with Jesus from Galilee included more than His twelve disciples. How many accompanied Him is a mystery, but it included those mentioned in Acts 1:14 and Barsabbas and Matthias. (Acts 1:21-26) It was not unusual for large caravans of people to travel to Jerusalem for the Passover.
The reader gets the picture from Mark 10:32 that the caravan traveling with Jesus was spread out. Jesus went ahead and some straggled behind. However, there was a sense that something unusual awaited them on this trip. Mark said some were “amazed” and others were “fearful.”
It was at this time that Jesus pulled the twelve aside and warned them of His coming arrest, trial and crucifixion. (Mark 10:33-34) Luke 18:34 adds; “But the disciples understood none of these things, and the meaning of this statement was hidden from them, and they did not comprehend the things that were said.”
This helps what happens in the next section. It never surprises me when Christians and the church in general are out of sync and out of tune with what God is doing. Such seems to be the case in our days.
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Rewards

The Rewards Far Surpass the Cost of the Sacrifice: Mark 10:28-31
“28) Peter began to say to Him, “Behold, we have left everything and followed You.” 29) Jesus said, “Truly I say to you, there is no one who has left house or brothers or sisters or mother or father or children or farms, for My sake and for the gospel’s sake, 30) but that he will receive a hundred times as much now in the present age, houses and brothers and sisters and mothers and children and farms, along with persecutions; and in the age to come, eternal life. 31) But many who are first will be last, and the last, first.”” Mark‬ ‭10‬:‭28‬-‭31‬
Following Jesus often includes a sacrifice. We leave behind the world’s value system to embrace a kingdom value system. Often the sacrifices seem huge being away from family and living on less for the sake of the gospel.
Such was the case for Peter and the other disciples. They left much to follow Jesus. They were starting to wonder if it was worth it! At some point every child of God on the front lines ponders the cost.
The answer of Jesus was amazing. What you gain in relationship and service of Jesus is 100% greater than anything you give up in a worldly value system. There is no comparison.
Paul may have said it best in Philippians 3:7-11. He found in Christ a surpassing value that made his old life like sewage by comparison. What he gained “in Christ” was immeasurably more than what gave up and left behind.
In his case, he embraced being single and traveling an insane schedule for the sake of Jesus and the gospel. Eventually, it cost him his life.
His reward in knowing Christ and living in the presence of God in the power of the Holy Spirit was a value greater than he could measure in worldly terms. He could not put a price tag on the value of knowing Christ! Yet God gave back much more than the cost of his sacrifice.
I can only imagine his eternal reward! The entrance into the eternal kingdom was abundantly supplied to him. It will be worth it all when we see Jesus! The rewards far surpass the cost of the sacrifice. Eternal life has no price tag!
Daily Bible Commentary By Terry Baxter: Cofounder of GoServ Global
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The Miracle of Salvation

The Miracle of Salvation: Mark 10:23-27
“23) And Jesus, looking around, *said to His disciples, “How hard it will be for those who are wealthy to enter the kingdom of God!” 24) The disciples were amazed at His words. But Jesus *answered again and *said to them, “Children, how hard it is to enter the kingdom of God! 25) It is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich man to enter the kingdom of God.” 26) They were even more astonished and said to Him, “Then who can be saved?” 27) Looking at them, Jesus *said, “With people it is impossible, but not with God; for all things are possible with God.”” ‭‭Mark‬ ‭10‬:‭23‬-‭27‬ ‭
Salvation is a difficult thing. If you look at the context, Jesus exposed several false hopes of salvation. Works based religion cannot save you. Self righteousness cannot save you. Keeping the Ten Commandments cannot save you. Money cannot save you!
Verse 26 says, The disciples were even more astonished and asked; “Then who can be saved?” What an amazing question! They were beginning to wrestle deeply with the question of salvation.
Jesus replied; “With men it is impossible, but not with God; for all things are possible with God!” Did you notice what Jesus said? Only God can save you! What does that look like?
John 3:16-18 might be the best answer; ““16) For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish, but have eternal life. 17) For God did not send the Son into the world to judge the world, but that the world might be saved through Him. 18) He who believes in Him is not judged; he who does not believe has been judged already, because he has not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God.” ‭‭ Tragically, the rich young ruler walked away from Him. Many turned away from Him. The religious leaders had crucified Him. But God raised Him from the dead and made Him both Savior and Lord.
Take time to study the short message of Peter to the religious leaders as recorded in Acts 4:8-12. Peter and the other disciples resolved the issue of salvation.
Daily Bible Commentary By Terry Baxter: Cofounder of GoServ Global
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“The Rich Young Ruler: Mark 10:17-22”

“17) As He was setting out on a journey, a man ran up to Him and knelt before Him, and asked Him, “Good Teacher, what shall I do to inherit eternal life?” 18) And Jesus said to him, “Why do you call Me good? No one is good except God alone. 19) You know the commandments, ‘Do not murder, Do not commit adultery, Do not steal, Do not bear false witness, Do not defraud, Honor your father and mother.’ ” 20) And he said to Him, “Teacher, I have kept all these things from my youth up.” 21) Looking at him, Jesus felt a love for him and said to him, “One thing you lack: go and sell all you possess and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven; and come, follow Me.” 22) But at these words he was saddened, and he went away grieving, for he was one who owned much property.” Mark‬ ‭10‬:‭17‬-‭22‬
This same story is recorded in Luke 18:18-30. Luke adds the detail that he was a ruler. We have no idea what level of government was under his charge, but he was a very good, moral and upright man.
He came and bowed down to Jesus with a pressing question, “Good Teacher, what shall I do to inherit eternal life?” It appears that he was sincere but had no assurance of salvation.
That is a byproduct of a works based system of religion. You never know when you’ve done enough to be approved. He fell short in his own conscience.
Jesus responded by commenting on His greeting of “Good Teacher.” Verse 18 says, “And Jesus said to him, “Why do you call Me good? No one is good except God alone.” He was so close! He recognized Jesus was “Good” but he fell short of acknowledging Him as God. This is a fate shared by many self righteous people.
In His response, Jesus quoted six of the Ten Commandments. The man responded that he had kept these from his youth up. In other words, he was saying, “I too am a good man!”
His response was like so many religious people today. When you ask them why God should let them into His heaven, they say, “I’m a good person!”
Jesus then raised the mark. He said; “One thing you lack: go and sell all you possess and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven; and come, follow Me.”
He had a choice between following Jesus or the ways of the world. Sadly, he turned away from faith in Jesus Christ and embraced self righteousness and the deceitfulness of riches. He viewed himself as good enough apart from following Jesus.
Rejection of Jesus Christ is a terminal decision. He was rejecting Jesus as both Savior and Lord. He fell short of the only means of salvation. (See Acts 4:8-12) He refused to humble himself and trust in Jesus Christ for his salvation.
Daily Bible Commentary
By Terry Baxter: Cofounder of GoServ Global

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