Summary: A look at a couple of the sayings of Jesus that go against the grain of our natural human desire to “look out for number one”.

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August 27, 2006

Dakota Community Church

Challenging “Me First”


Mark 9:33-35

They came to Capernaum. When he was in the house, he asked them, "What were you arguing about on the road?" But they kept quiet because on the way they had argued about who was the greatest.

Sitting down, Jesus called the Twelve and said, "If anyone wants to be first, he must be the very last, and the servant of all."

What does it really mean to be a Christian?

The message that I am hearing God speaking to His Church right now is that we need to be moving away from selfishness and toward genuine, compassionate, and sacrificial living.

Jesus challenges “Me First” Christianity by calling us:

1. To prefer others above ourselves.

Romans 9:10-11

Let love be without hypocrisy. Abhor what is evil. Cling to what is good. Be kindly affectionate to one another with brotherly love, in honor giving preference to one another

Do you prefer your family members above yourself?

Do you prefer fellow church members above yourself?

Do you prefer strangers above yourself?

Read Luke 10: 25-37

But he wanted to justify himself, so he asked Jesus, "And who is my neighbor?"

In reply Jesus said: "A man was going down from Jerusalem to Jericho, when he fell into the hands of robbers. They stripped him of his clothes, beat him and went away, leaving him half dead. A priest happened to be going down the same road, and when he saw the man, he passed by on the other side. So too, a Levite, when he came to the place and saw him, passed by on the other side. But a Samaritan, as he traveled, came where the man was; and when he saw him, he took pity on him. He went to him and bandaged his wounds, pouring on oil and wine. Then he put the man on his own donkey, took him to an inn and took care of him. The next day he took out two silver coins and gave them to the innkeeper. ’Look after him,’ he said, ’and when I return, I will reimburse you for any extra expense you may have.’

"Which of these three do you think was a neighbor to the man who fell into the hands of robbers?"

The expert in the law replied, "The one who had mercy on him."

Jesus told him, "Go and do likewise."

“He wanted to justify himself” – how often is that the motive for our theological discussions?

Jesus is such a high impact communicator isn’t he?

He may as well have just slapped this guy in the face, his words would have stung that much.

It is so easy to become totally self absorbed in everyday life. To lose sight of what is going on around us.


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Jesus challenges “Me First” Christianity by calling us:

2. To accumulate wealth in heaven.

We all have some family member who is what could best be described as a pack rat. How often do I talk to middle aged children who are wondering how they are going to get rid of “all that crap” when the folks go home to glory, if you know what I mean!

Read Luke 12:13-21

"But God said to him, ’You fool! This very night your life will be demanded from you. Then who will get what you have prepared for yourself?’

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