I am sure most of you have heard the phrase before: He must become greater, I must become less. This is exactly what our passage in Mark today is talking about. The disciples were furiously arguing over which of them is the greatest. We still do the same thing today. We interrupt each other in Bible studies to let others know how on fire we are for Christ, we gossip (under the guise of prayer) about our friends, we post pictures of our Bibles on Instagram with verses highlighted so that people know we’re in the Word. All for what? To prove to the world that we are great Christians?
Great Christians, don’t ask for attention; they point others to Christ through their actions and words. It is by our lives that people can see God’s great love. On the other hand, we are not pointing to Him when we are doing these seemingly good works in hopes that we will be noticed.
Here though, Jesus talks about doing things in His name: not for applause or because the law says so, but because you see Jesus in every face and in response, your heart aches to serve and love on others. Because when we see Jesus in others and act accordingly, that shows God’s glory to the world around us and points them to Christ.
Today, I encourage you to be really honest about your Christian intentions and help God to reign in your competitive nature. Let your actions speak louder than your words.