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Making a Difference JJU(Mark 10:35-45)
Scott Radford  |  ysrest@jj.ac.kr
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By Scott Radford

How do I make a difference? How do I use what God has given me? That’s the question Jesus addresses for His disciples in Mark 10. They wanted to be important and valuable but they misunderstood what that meant. They felt that making a difference/ being valuable to Christ was all about Who they were. If only they could be important. If only they could have a position of power. If only they could be specially, talented, then they could be useful to God. Jesus taught them: It’s not about who we are, but what we do with who we are. Being His servant is more important than being a superstar. And so, when Jesus chose His disciples - they were not the best of the best. They were simply men He knew could be used to establish His kingdom. The problem for them was they didn’t think Jesus would want them as simple fishermen and laborers. They thought He would want men in positions of power and prominence.

George W. Truett, a well-known pastor, was invited to dinner in the home of a very wealthy man in Texas. After the meal, the host led him to a place where they could get a good view of the surrounding area. Pointing to the oil wells across the landscape, he boasted, “Twenty-five years ago I had nothing. Now, as far you can see, it’s all mine.” Looking in the opposite direction at his sprawling fields of grain, he said, “That’s all mine.” Turning east toward huge herds of cattle, he bragged, “They’re all mine.” Then, pointing to the west and a beautiful forest, he exclaimed, “That too is all mine.” The man paused, expecting Dr. Truett to compliment him on his great success. Truett, however, placing one hand on the man’s shoulder and pointing heavenward with the other, simply asked, “How much do you have invested in that direction?” The man hung his head and confessed, “I never thought of that.”

What type of people does Jesus want? He wants, people who will be there for Him. Jesus shows that greatness comes from serving others out of devotion, as a result of obedience to God. Let me illustrate this for you. There is a very wealthy man, who has in his employ a servant. The man is generous as well as wealthy, and treats his servant very well. They have a deep relationship built over many years. One summer, the man has several nieces and nephews come to stay at his estate. As he will be gone for some time, he instructs the servant to take care of his relatives. And so, the servant does. Even when the relatives behave poorly, he takes good care of them. They showed no respect for the man’s home and they treated the servant rudely, making so many unreasonable requests. Instead of quitting, or telling them to leave, the servant quietly fulfills his master’s request and takes good care of his relatives. Why? Because of his devotion to his master. He is so devoted to his master, that he will do whatever he asks, no matter how difficult or even painful. I tell you this story for a reason, because Jesus calls us to serve others in obedience to Him just as He served His father in obedience. God wants people that are there to be used by Him and for Him.

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