Mark Has Some Good News, Part 37, Why Are We Running A Youth Ministry Again?

Mark 9:

Who Is the Greatest?

33 And they came to Capernaum. And when he was in the house he asked them, "What were you discussing on the way?" 34 But they kept silent, for on the way they had argued with one another about who was the greatest. 35 And he sat down and called the twelve. And he said to them, "If anyone would be first, he must be last of all and servant of all." 36 And he took a child and put him in the midst of them, and taking him in his arms, he said to them, 37 "Whoever receives one such child in my name receives me, and whoever receives me, receives not me but him who sent me."


This could be any youth ministries life verse. Serve and Accept, that's what Jesus wants us to do.

Serve: "this means you have to work"

Jesus shows us in his life and death the epitome of servant leadership which should be the model for all of us pastor types. The downside to taking a servant position is you'll do all the work, which can be an upside if you love to serve and most importantly are capable. And in classic church committee form the disciples stop to argue who's the chairman of this board, who's the head sponsor, who's put the most in to the youth group if you will. And the truth is Jesus is the best, no one will spend more time, thought and energy on any ministry. He does immeasurably more that we could ever hope for. So get to work and don't complain or get jealous, or withhold your gifts or time or money or anything because someone else is doing what you thought was your job. Here's your news flash Jesus doesn't need you, or your sponsors or irate bloggers to accomplish his will in his ministry. He chooses you. Blesses you with gifts meant for sharing and asks only that you serve and accept.

But accept who?

Anybody!

This includes the least of these our brothers. The absent youth from last year and the girl who wears revealing swimsuits to youth night at the pool. The kids who come just for that girl. The kids that come just for the boys. It's for the guy with the porn problem and the girl with the baby. It's for the girls with the protective mother and for those without one. It's for the drug dealer that wants to use you as a market, for the kids who will buy for them.

Everyone has been afforded the sacrifice and love of Jesus.

Serve and accept. If you can do these without insisting on your place in a ministry. Then you're not in ministry you’re in sin. The sin is idolatry and the idol is your contribution.