Mark 10:43-45

43But it is not so among you; but whoever wishes to become great among you must be your servant, 44and whoever wishes to be first among you must be slave of all. 45For the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve, and to give his life a ransom for many.’

Do you remember writing English papers in high school? Do you remember your teacher’s insistence that each paper have a clear and identifiable thesis statement? These three verses are Mark’s thesis statement. These words represent the very core of this gospel and the point that Mark is trying to convey.

Rather than reflecting on what these words mean, I want to turn the table. What is the thesis statement for your spiritual life? What are the clear and identifiable values that you uphold? Furthermore, are they just words or do you live out your thesis statement?

I am going to challenge you just as your English teacher challenged you. What is your thesis statement?

The Rev. Jimmy Abbott