“Jesus called them to Himself and said to them, ‘You know that those who are considered rulers over the Gentiles lord it over them, and their great ones exercise authority over them. Yet it shall not be so among you; but whoever desires to become great among you shall be your servant. And whoever of you desires to be first shall be slave of all. 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 10:42-45
“If I don’t look out for myself then who will?”
This question, or one of similar import, has been frequently asked by people over the ages. Usually it’s accompanied by the questioners efforts to secure happiness and prosperity for oneself and the cooperation of others to the same end. Some have been able to command this cooperation while others have had to negotiate or in some manner purchase it. Since most people have considered the accumulation of possessions and money necessary for securing happiness the preferred means of getting it has been to command it rather than purchase it.
The disciples, like most of us, if we’re honest with our selves, we’re of this prevailing attitude and believed that when Jesus ascended to his throne they would be elevated with him and they would be able to command their share of followers as they secured their happiness.
But where does happiness come from? Does it come from the accumulation of things?
If you look at the rates of suicide you’ll find that the highest rates of occurrence is among the wealthy and privileged. Countries where poverty is more the norm than the exception have very little incidence of suicide.
The reason why possessions don’t bring happiness is because God hasn’t made our hearts to need them. Our hearts were created to need God and the fellowship of those that God has created.
It’s the sin in our hearts that causes us to try and substitute a relationship with things for a relationship with God. And since sin only brings us death and destruction the pursuit of the accumulation things can never bring us true and lasting happiness.
But building relationships by serving God and others can and will bring joy into the heart.