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What is your definition of success?


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Mark 9:35

Then Jesus sat down, called the Twelve, and said to them, “If anyone wishes to be first, he shall be the last of all and the servant of all.”


Jesus’ disciples had just been arguing over who among them was the greatest.

Talk about a huge “fail”!

Unfortunately, this idea of greatness is still the philosophy of our culture.

It’s a continual climb uphill to achieve and to amass power, prestige and possessions.

That is our culture’s idea of success.

But it is obviously not Jesus’ idea!

Just re-read what he said in today’s scripture verse.

Talk about a radical subverting of all that our culture preaches!

The problem is: Jesus’ philosophy is basically not taught – even in most of our churches.

How sad! 

Jesus tells us of a downward path to success through joining those at the bottom in service.

As a Christian, each of us must take this into account in how we live our lives.

What is your definition of success?


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Remember…God loves you!

About billtonnis

Child of God, Pastoral Minister, Chaplain, Music Minister, Jail Minister, singer-songwriter, author, activist, former radio news anchor, imperfect follower of Jesus inspired by God's unconditional love, proud uncle... what else is there?
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