It can be tough to resist the temptation to seek status and power. We live in a world that values these things highly. As we know, the disciples of Jesus sought status and position. James and John dare to ask for seats at the right and left of Jesus. But Jesus, who served His disciples by washing their feet, had a different view on what true greatness meant.
In Matthew 10:40, Jesus says that anyone who receives one of the disciples is thus receiving Jesus, which is like receiving God. Do we understand how this impacts hospitality? There are profound implications in this teaching by Jesus. There are also implications to Jesus talking about a cup of cold water. What’s the big deal, we wonder? But it is a big deal, and we will explore it in the message, “How is Your Heart: Serving Heart.”
Three times the Disciples of Jesus argue about who is the greatest. Can you imagine that? These disciples watch Jesus minister to the least, the last and the lost but they still are concerned with their pecking order in the followers of Jesus. Jesus overhears their arguments and gives them some advice.
The Apostle Paul told women they should submit to their husbands. And sometimes this thought has been used as a way to gain power in a relationship. This is far from what Paul intended. So what if submitting doesn’t mean what you think it means
Sermon preached at Gold Canyon United Methodist Church in Gold Canyon, Arizona on March 11, 2018 by Rev. Fred A. Steinberg
Sermon preached at Gold Canyon United Methodist Church in Gold Canyon, Arizona on April 13, 2017 by Rev. Joel Hurley