Read these verses at staff devotion today.

“And all were astonished at the majesty of God. But while they were all marveling at everything he was doing, Jesus said to his disciples, “Let these words sink into your ears: The Son of Man is about to be delivered into the hands of men.” But they did not understand this saying, and it was concealed from them, so that they might not perceive it. And they were afraid to ask him about this saying. An argument arose among them as to which of them was the greatest. But Jesus, knowing the reasoning of their hearts, took a child and put him by his side and said to them, “Whoever receives this child in my name receives me, and whoever receives me receives him who sent me. For he who is least among you all is the one who is great.”” (Luke 9:43–48, ESV)

Lesson: The disciples did not understand why the majestic Jesus has to suffer and die. His servanthood seems to contradict his greatness. What is true greatness? It’s about serving God. So don’t base ministry on the responses of people. Don’t end up serving to please people and not God.

Hymn of Response-The Servant King by Graham Kendrick. I really enjoy the collaboration here with Rend Collective Experiment.  The bridge captures and expresses God’s transforming grace of Romans 12:1-2.

We bring our lives to you
A sacrifice for you
In view of love so true
We are changed renewed