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Five-Minute-Friday-4-300x300I’m joining Kate Motaung for Five Minute Friday. One word prompt. Five minutes. No editing. Lots of women. All of us writing on that same word. For the month of October, I am going to try to incorporate the word prompts into my series, 31 Questions Jesus Asked.

Today’s prompt is …. Green.

The first thought the prompt elicited was “green with envy”.

The idiom denotes “jealous; desire for the possessions or advantages of another” (from The American Heritage Dictionary of Idioms). As I continued reading, it also means “to be immature in judgment; untrained; inexperienced”.

And that was surely the band of disciples as they journeyed with Jesus.

After being on the road, Jesus and His disciples arrive and get settled in a house in Capernaum. It is then Jesus asks,

“What were you discussing on the road?” (Mark 9:33, NLT)

To their credit, none of them answered as they knew He would not be happy with them. They had been arguing about which of them was the greatest.

Green with envy.

Perhaps this discussion came about because some of them seemed to have had special advantages to be alone with Jesus. He did seem to single out Peter, James, and John at times.

But even so, Jesus was about to teach them another lesson in discipleship.

True greatness is not in the number of followers, or the size of one’s platform, or money acquired, or achievements.

True greatness is found in self-denial and sacrifice. And so Jesus teaches them, and us today:

“Whoever wants to be first must take last place and be the servant of everyone else.” (Mark 9:35, NLT)

Jesus leaves no room for “green”.

Instead, greatness is found in being the servant of all.

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GetInline-7This is Day 16 of 31 Questions Jesus Asked. You can find the entire series here.

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