My posts come from my personal daily scripture readings and a part of my personal accountability. If we are going to grow as followers of Christ, we must be in the Word! If you miss these a few days, something has kept me from it; but if they're gone for too many days, call me on the carpet. We need to hold one another accountable. I follow the readings and journaling from lifejournal.me. Join me on this journey as our lives are to Reflect the Image-and Jesus IS the image. Peace, Carla Sunberg
Saturday, March 3, 2012
Participating with Christ
But Jesus said to them, “You do not know what you are asking. Are
you able to drink the cup that I drink, or to be baptized with the
baptism with which I am baptized?”
(Mark 10:38 NASB)
They said to Him, “We are able.” And Jesus said to them, “The cup
that I drink you shall drink; and you shall be baptized with the baptism
with which I am baptized.
(Mark 10:39 NASB)
“For even the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give His life a ransom for many.”
(Mark 10:45 NASB)
The disciples had been arguing about being on Jesus' team and who
was going to get to sit next to him in his kingdom. The problem was
that they didn't really understand what that kingdom was going to be
like. It was an "upside-down" kingdom and Jesus, himself, was pointing the
way and living the life of a servant leader. Therefore, those who
would participate with him in the kingdom were to be prepared to to
drink the cup that he would drink. It was a bitter cup of rejection.
There was the promise of the baptism, and the disciples could not even
begin to imagine what that looked like. But finally, they weren't going
to be sitting at the head tables at events. They weren't going to be
the ones that received the honors, they were going to be the ones who
served everyone else. That's what it meant to participate in the
kingdom which Jesus was ushering in.
When we read this passage of scripture we may think, "Those silly
disciples -- didn't they 'get' it?" That's because we are able to look
at the whole story, but they could only see the past and that very
moment. But what about us? Do we also just see the past and this very
moment? Is it too difficult for us to imagine what future participation
in Christ's kingdom may look like?
We are called to participate with Christ in his kingdom today, and
forever. So, we must be prepared to participate in his sufferings.
This is a difficult world and there are struggles out there and we are
to unite with Christ at getting involved in the difficult things of this
world. What does that look like? It may be different for each and
every one of us but it may be standing up for the needy and the
marginalized. Along the way you, yourself, may be bashed, but so was
Jesus. It's not about being popular or accepted, it's about being Jesus
to our world. It's not about acceptance in an earthly kingdom, but
about being an active member in the eternal kingdom.
We are not called upon to do this on our own, but by the very baptism
which Christ himself had. Therefore, by participating in Christ, we
are baptized in the power of the Holy Spirit who empowers us for the
calling which we have received. We can't do all of this on our own.
Even Jesus understood this. He often spent hours in prayer and was
empowered by the Holy Spirit. The promise is for us as well that we may
be filled to the full and empowered by the Holy Spirit to become
engaged in the world, just as Jesus was.
Finally, we are here on this earth to be servants. We are servants
of Jesus Christ, but we are also to be servants to the world around us.
Take note of those who need a touch of Jesus today. How can you serve
them? Participate with Jesus today by being willing to wash the feet of
those around you. Yes, sometimes they're pretty dirty and ugly and
they may get you dirty, but that's what we're called to do.
The Christian walk is a call to participation with Jesus Christ in his upside-down kingdom. Are you willing?
Lord, I want to be willing to participate with you in the kingdom.
Lead me on the journey and help me to slow down and wash feet along the