Jesus sat down, called the Twelve, and said to them, “If anyone wants to be first, he will be the last of all and the servant of all.” Mark 9:35 (EHV)
Once, after a big victory Muhammad Ali ran around the ring shouting: “I am the Greatest! I shook up the World.” You may know that Muhammad Ali was quite fond of telling people how great he was. He is also quoted as saying: “I'm not the greatest; I'm the double greatest.” And, “I am the greatest, I said that even before I knew I was.” As good as a boxer as Ali was, he still lost five times—so he wasn’t always the greatest.
We too have the tendency to think that we are pretty great; it’s part of our sinful nature to boast and brag about what we or our family members have done. We may not be as bold as Ali to claim that we are greatest at something, but we certainly want to lift ourselves up, to pump out our chests so that everyone looks at us and gives us words of approval and praise. The disciples were the same way. In the verses preceding our passage above the disciples were arguing about which one of them was the greatest. But being a Christian is not about how great you are, but about how great Christ is; and Christ is great because of his humility.
Leading up to our Passages Jesus told the disciples, The Son of Man is going to be betrayed into the hands of men. They will kill him, and after three days he will rise. Jesus is the Almighty and eternal God. And yet he tells the disciples that he was going to die. Die willingly. As God he could have stopped it. He could have decided that he didn’t want to do it and walked away and the people would have been powerless to stop him. But he didn’t. He knew he was going to suffer and die, yet he willingly let it happen. He did this because he knew that by suffering and dying he would take all our sins upon himself and suffer through hell so we wouldn’t have to. He did this because he also knew that he would rise from the dead to give all believers eternal life. So Jesus chose to make himself low, he humbled himself to the point of death so that he could save us for eternity.
Jesus’ humility is the example that we strive to follow, as Jesus encourages us in our passage above. We become the first, by being the least. The less we consider ourselves to be, the greater we actually are. The more we put ourselves and our wants and desires behind those of others, the more God thinks of us. If we want to be considered great, then we should be the servant of others. So we willing serve others, and we serve others willingly; not being pushed into it or prodded, we don’t look for anything in return. But we help out when and where we are needed. We willingly put aside our wants and desires to serve others just as Christ did for us.
If we are honest with ourselves, there is a little bit of Mohamed Ali is all of us—not that we are great, but that we are arrogant and haughty. The fact is that we aren’t that great. We sin, we fail, we deserve punishment. But there is one who is great—Christ. He humbled himself to make us great. So we willingly follow in his humble steps. We put aside out desires and serve others in the name of Christ. For he humbled himself to the point of death so we could be great forever.
— Pastor Frey
Adult Bible Class:
Everyone is invited to join us for our new Bible Classes that have started. Pastor Frey is leading the Sunday morning class on Prayer. Pastor Gartner is leading the Monday morning class at 8:00am and Tuesday night at 5:30pm on the book ofEphesians. May the Lord lead all of us to grow in our faith through the use of these Bible class opportunities.
We are looking for your input on the annual church picnic. A survey is available online: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/W2QFXXV. There are also paper surveys on the counter in the back of church if you choose to complete the survey this way; complete and place the paper copy in the tray on the back counter that is marked Surveys (the tray is next to the Sermon Text trays). Should you have any questions or concerns, please contact Andy Raschka at 920-560-2193. Thank you in advance for your help!
The Young Moms’ group is offering opportunities for fellowship for all of our members.
Game Night Please join us for a fun-filled game night on Sunday, October 14 from 4:00 - 6:00 p.m. in the church basement. This event is open to every member, young and old! We will have bingo, catch phrase, telestrations, twister, and more! If you have a game that you would like to share, please bring it. We will not be having a meal but will have snacks and you can bring a snack to share if you would like. A sign-up sheet is in the entry way of church. Any questions, please contact Wendy Raschka at 920-560-2193. Hope to see you there!
Walking We have a few members that walk during confirmation class on Wednesday evenings from 6:00 - 7:30 p.m. with the exception of October 3. We walk in the church parking lot or the mall depending on weather conditions. If you are looking for some fellowship and exercise, please join us. No sign up is necessary. If you have any questions, contact Amy Helmrick at 920-833-7525 or Wendy Raschka at 920-560-2193.