Summary: 2 of 2. Jesus characterized the disposition needed for holding position & power in Jesus’ disciples. But what is the proper disposition? Position & power in Jesus’ disciples is tied to our...
The DISPOSITION For POSITION-II—Mark 10:35-45
"You're in incredibly fine condition," the doctor concluded after finishing a thorough physical. "How old did you say you were, sir?"
"Seventy-eight! Why, you have the health of a sixty-year-old.
What's your secret?"
"I guess, Doc, it's due to a pact the wife & I made when we got married. She promised that if she was ever about to lose her temper, she'd stay in the kitchen 'till she cooled off. And I pledged that when I got angry I'd keep quiet, too, & go outside until I calmed down."
"I don't understand," said the doctor, "How could that help you stay so fit?".....
"So, "I guess you could say I've lived an outdoor life."
What is supremely difficult for anyone who ministers is that his/her ‘power & position’ is only attained thru the ‘allowance’ of others who wield power & hold position. It does not have to be officially delegated or recognized position & power.
Jesus characterized the disposition needed for holding position & power in Jesus’ disciples.
There is a proper disposition for holding position & power in Jesus’ disciples.
What is the proper disposition for position & power in Jesus’ disciples?
12 ties/considerations regarding position & power in Jesus’ disciples.
Earlier we found that Position & Power in Jesus’ disciples is tied to...
1. Our COMFORT Disposition(:35a)
2. Our SUPPLIER Disposition(:35b)
3. Our MANEUVERINGS Disposition(:35c)
4. Our EXPECTANCY Disposition(:36)
5. Our WANT TO Disposition(:37)
6. Our PREPAREDNESS(Personal) Disposition(:38-39a)
7—Position & power in Jesus’ disciples is tied to...
Our VESTMENT Disposition(:39b)
:39—“They said to Him, “We are able.” So Jesus said to them, “You will indeed drink the cup that I drink, & with the baptism I am baptized with you will be baptized;”
Though detached from the rigors of “drinking” the same “cup” as their Lord will, they will indeed still partake fully of that “cup.” They will likewise undergo the same “baptism” as does Jesus.
And Jesus’ “cup” is martyrdom.
No matter how difficult it will become, for these disciples, they will surely undergo great distress in following Jesus so that their faith will be stretched to its very limits. Their very lives will not only be threatened but surrendered.
Israel was fully vested in her impending judgment:
Hosea 8:7-9—““They sow the wind, And reap the whirlwind. The stalk has no bud; It shall never produce meal. If it should produce, Aliens would swallow it up. Israel is swallowed up; Now they are among the Gentiles Like a vessel in which is no pleasure. For they have gone up to Assyria, Like a wild donkey alone by itself; Ephraim has hired lovers.”
Your commitment to Christ must be overwhelmingly directed. It must take precedence over everything in your life. You must be so fully Vested in God & His Christ that you will not look back!