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27 January 2018

God’s upside-down kingdom

Gerhild Haitchi Gerhild Haitchi Head of First Impressions & Office Coordinator (Sunday preparation)
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When is “down” really “up”? I’ve been musing over Paul Webber’s sermon last Sunday.

Isn’t it surprising that even Jesus’s disciples weren’t keen on serving others to begin with? They wanted to be on top of the pile, which I guess meant they expected others to serve them because of their status.

In other words, desiring status can be one of the obstacles that comes between us and serving others. I don’t know about you, but I can think of many other reasons why I often don’t feel like it: complacency, selfishness, laziness, shyness, not feeling good enough, not feeling like it, can’t be bothered, don’t care about others.

It’s not a pretty list.

So it was good to hear Paul Webber explain that Jesus didn’t tell his disciples off for being so lame! He redirected them, saying to them: "Not so with you. Instead, whoever wants to become great among you must be your servant, and whoever wants to be first must be slave of all. For even the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many." (Mark 10:43-44)

I’d like to share a short story.

A few weeks ago, one of the leaders of the More2Life group shared a story with me. Some members of the More2Life group had said to him how wonderful the First Impressions team were with homeless guys coming in off the street on a Sunday. They were just doing the right thing: inviting them in, showing them were to get a hot drink, introducing them to others, letting them be and making them feel genuinely welcomed.

How’s that for upside down?

Listen again to last Sunday’s sermon and others from our January series, “Beautiful strength” »

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