Lord Christ, you call us to "revolutionary subordination" as reported in Mark 9:35…
Sitting down, Jesus called the Twelve and said, "If anyone wants to be first, he must be the very last, and the servant of all."
Lord, that runs counter to my preference for orchestra seats, heated leather seats or box seats at the ballgame. That runs counter to my ambition and need for affirmation.
Jesus, you refused to claim your rights or exercise your power. You rejected hierarchy, lived simply and spent much of your time with society’s outcasts.
Holy Spirit, help me to live that self-denying, cross-bearing life. Mold me into a "servant of all."
Revolutionary Subordination - John Howard Yoder, Politics of Jesus, Scripture Union, 2006; Luxury - Fashion Institute of Technology, SUNY