Daily Devotion on Mark 9:30-37

Devotion Text: Mark 9:30-37

Are you proud to be a Christian?

On first glance, that statement seems foolish. Of course, we are proud to be Christians. We wear the name of Jesus proudly on our hearts as we let our lights shine and carry out his command to be the salt of the earth. We gladly put “Jesus fish” on our cars and cross necklaces around our necks.

Yet, the pride of a Christian can be a tricky thing. As we learn in our devotion today and as we have learned in sermons for the past few weeks, the life of a Christian is not described as something full of victory. Instead, Jesus tells us to “pick up our cross and follow him.” He reminds us, constantly, that our life here should be one of humility as we look toward our heavenly home

So, Christ reminds us today that his love is not a love of pride, but a love of humility. It would have been loving, certainly, for Jesus to remain here forever and take away all of mankind’s sicknesses and hunger. More loving, however, was Christ’s humble death on the cross to take away our sin.

We echo that humility as we live out our lives as Christians. “Every knee shall bow” to Christ our king on the last day. Until then, our goal is never to browbeat or humiliate others into faith. We preach Christ crucified in our speech and through our words and actions. Our faith centers around the Jesus’ cross as we carry our own. Our love is a pale expression of his, yes, but a love that shows itself in humility is more than anything this sinful world could offer.

Prayer: Christ Jesus, let my love reflect you every day. Let me reflect your love in my thoughts, words and actions as I seek not to be better than others, but to serve them as you serve me. Crush my willful disobedience and selfish pride. Strengthen my faith and lead me to seek your truth continually. Let my life be a fitting sacrifice to you as I walk heavenward and let my love brighten the lives of others as I share your word with them. Amen.

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About Michael Schottey

Michael Schottey is a Christian, husband, father of two boys, sportswriter, and aspiring author. He graduated from Martin Luther College with a degree in Biblical Languages in 2009. A lifelong midwesterner, he moved to Florida with his family in 2010 and is a member of Christ the King Lutheran Church (WELS).

Posted on September 26, 2012, in Church, Daily Devotions, Preschool and tagged , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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