6/11/2017 Sunday Morning Worship | Carl McCray, Pastor

Road Rules: The Path Rarely Taken (Mark 10:32-45

This is the third sermon in the “Road Rules” series. We have been going through chapter 10 of the Gospel of Mark and discussing different conversations of Jesus. In these moments, Jesus gave us some life principles. You could call these life lessons or rules for the road. To view the first two sermons and learn about Rule 1 and Rule 2, visit our website pages below.

  1. Road Rules: The Gift (Mark 10:13-16)
  2. Road Rules: Surrendering Our Security Blanket (Mark 10:17-31)

Today’s lesson and Road Rule #3 is found in a dialogue that Jesus had with James and John. In this conversation, James and John had an ambitious request. They asked for positions of power and prominence – to sit on the left and right side of Jesus in His kingdom. Jesus then teaches them and teaches us about true greatness.

A few observations from Mark 10:32-45:

  • Greatness comes with a price (verse 38)
  • Greatness works without guarantee (verse 39-40)

Greatness comes with a price. Greatness requires commitment and that commitment almost always begins with time. Many workers are not willing to put in the extra hours required to excel, and this is especially true with ministry. The difference in greatness or just being mediocre is the willingness to pay the price. Whatever you do in any area of the church, are you willing to pay the price to be great? Here’s a question. Do you agree that Jesus deserves our greatest effort? I would say absolutely! He is worthy of our greatest – our greatest effort at prayer, our greatest effort at study, our greatest effort in serving in whatever capacity that might be. Jesus deserves our greatest effort in every area of our lives.

Greatness works without guarantee. Jesus told James and John in verse 39 that they would be called to serve. However, Jesus also told them in verse 40 that to sit at His right or left was not for Him to grant, but that those places belong to those for whom they have been prepared.

ROAD RULE #3: Greatness comes through serving others.

Jesus went on to tell His disciples that if you want to be really great, you will have to be a servant and a slave of all (Mark 10:42-45). Greatness isn’t determined by your title. True greatness is based on how you serve others. God’s purpose for you includes serving. Real ministry is all about serving others. Everybody can be great from the oldest to the youngest because we can all serve.

What is it that the Lord has pressed upon your heart? What is it that the Lord is calling you to do? Whatever it is, just do it.

Take the path that is rarely taken. Serve greatly!

Watch the video below of the full sermon and be blessed.