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To Serve the “Least of These”

January 23, 2012

Yesterday we preached from Mark 9:30-37. We labored to show that true discipleship is costly. It is not about who’s the greatest, but who is willing to following Christ in serving “the least of these.” Jesus Christ has been glorified, but first he had to go to the cross. If we would follow him unto glory, we too must first go by way of the cross.  Indeed, there is a crown of exaltation (2Tim. 4:6-8), but it belongs to those who, like Christ in humiliation, take up the cross and follow him (Mk. 8:34-35).

John Griffin, our beloved church percussionist, has summed up yesterday’s message in a few short lines of verse. I think it captures the essence of the sermon well. I would not be surprised if we found ourselves singing these words in the near future:

Before the glory comes a cross.
Before the crown, a grave.
The Lord of Heaven came to earth.
And died our souls to save.

Dear saints chart not the course you run.
Nor tally up your deeds.
But lay aside your quest for fame.
To serve the “least of these.”

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