Scripture: Mark 10:41–45
Key Verse: “For even the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.” (Mark 10:45)
How’s your competitive edge? Do you play sports? Are you a gamer or in a competitive club at school? Do you have visions of standing over an opponent, arms raised in ultimate victory? A popular reality TV show boasts as its slogan: “Outwit. Outplay. Outlast!” As you think about these three words, it becomes clear that the competitive focus is on you, the individual, instead of those around you. Your goal is to do all you can to win… sometimes at all costs! It also conjures thoughts of people doing everything in their power to beat their opponents.
This is reflective of the competitive culture that has evolved in our society in recent years. What would our world be like if, instead of “Outwit. Outplay. Outlast,” everyone’s slogan was “Out-give. Out-serve. Out-love.” It would be a world in which all are appreciated, encouraged, and enabled to become what the Lord means for them to become. While you may not triumph in a reality TV show, you will certainly triumph in the Lord’s kingdom. These attitudes would create a heavenly place on earth, and, in fact, remove fear, anger, distrust, and hatred. Who wouldn’t want to live, work, or play in a place like that? True competition pushes others to be the best they can be, so strive with those around you to out-give, out-serve, and out-love!
Think about your school. Is it more like the reality show, or is it a place where you feel accepted, appreciated, and even loved? If the answer is “No” or “Not always,” what do you think you can do to make others feel that they are accepted, appreciated, and loved?
Write down one to three things you would like to see change in your school, church, and family. Now write down several things you can do, as a servant, to begin to make those changes. Involve some friends in this attempt to bring change through serving others.
Heavenly Father, please change my heart so that I may be a servant and good friend to all the people I know and will meet. Please help me to make a difference by out-giving, out-serving, and out-loving all those around me. Amen.