Umpqua Connect

Upside Down

January 30, 2021 Lonnie Wibberding
Umpqua Connect
Upside Down
Show Notes Transcript

A short devotional on Mark 9:33-37. Want to talk? Send an email to

Good Morning! I'm your host Lonnie Wibberding, and you are listening to Umpqua Connect. A daily devotional podcast sent out from the beautiful Umpqua Valley of Southern Oregon.

Today is Saturday, January 30, 2021

The kingdom of God is unlike any other kingdom in the world. Since we are used to other types of kingdoms and empires, it is hard to grasp just how different it really is.

In most kingdoms the giving goes upward. In other words, the ones with higher rank are served by those of lower rank. The system is set up so the higher up you move in the ranks, the more you are benefited by the system. Even empires that are suppose to benefit the people always end up with this model. The higher you are in rank, the more the system benefit you.

So when Jesus comes along and talks about sacrifice and humility, even his closest disciples didn't get it.

Mark 9:33-37 says:

33 They came to Capernaum. When he was in the house, he asked them, “What were you arguing about on the road?” 34 But they kept quiet because on the way they had argued about who was the greatest.

35 Sitting down, Jesus called the Twelve and said, “Anyone who wants to be first must be the very last, and the servant of all.”

36 He took a little child whom he placed among them. Taking the child in his arms, he said to them, 37 “Whoever welcomes one of these little children in my name welcomes me; and whoever welcomes me does not welcome me but the one who sent me.”

Serving children just didn't make sense to the movers and shakers of Jesus time. Because children can't do anything for you in return. If you are nice to a child, they don't have influence or connections that can benefit you.

It was and is a weird way to think. . .

But that is the kingdom of Jesus. It's an upside down kingdom. A kingdom about serving those who may never be able to return the favor. Unlike other kingdoms that only claim it, It really is about empowering and lifting up the people.

5 Sitting down, Jesus called the Twelve and said, “Anyone who wants to be first must be the very last, and the servant of all.” 

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May God Bless your day. We'll talk again tomorrow