Beyond the Weekend

December 2 | The Argument

December 2, 2020


Aware of their discussion, Jesus asked them, “Why are you talking about having no bread? Do you still not see or understand? Are your hearts hardened? Do you have eyes but fail to see, and ears but fail to hear? And don’t you remember?” Mark 8:17-18

Read: Mark 8:11–21
Mark 8


The disciples can’t seem to help themselves. They start an argument about who is the greatest (an action you likely boxed). Some interesting events had just happened. Peter tried to correct Jesus and was called “Satan.” Three of them were chosen to see Jesus glowing, then Elijah and Moses showed up. Plus, the other nine couldn’t cast out the demon. It makes sense to them to sort out the pecking order. Jesus makes it clear that’s not what he is about. Great in his kingdom is something entirely different.

We can’t seem to help ourselves either. We want to be valued, included and important. It’s ingrained in us, but we go about it in the wrong way. Jesus doesn’t say we shouldn’t pursue greatness. He redefines it and tells us we’re going at it the wrong way. Greatness isn’t about being the most important. It’s about living like Jesus. Instead of a life focused on us—it’s a life focused on others. Jesus’ concern, compassion and care for the people around him is an example for us. Serving is the path to greatness in the kingdom.


Think about how you are like the disciples. In what ways are you pursuing greatness? What do you think will really make you great? On page 86 in your journal, write down a few ways you can pursue greatness using Jesus’ standard.

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