Waiting In A Queue

When I arrived I was seventh in line, but the queue seemed to take forever to move.

Mark 9:33-50

Reference: Sitting down, Jesus called the Twelve and said, “Anyone who wants to be first must be the very last, and the servant of all.” (Mark 9:35 TNIV)

Explore: The other day I went into a Medicare office to get a refund on a doctor’s appointment. I was in a bit of a hurry, and so, was frustrated to be waiting in quite a long queue.

When I arrived I was seventh in line, but the queue seemed to take forever to move.

Finally I got to the counter, only to discover that Medicare had changed their reimbursement system. I now had to give them my bank account details and they would place my refund straight into my account.

Of course, I didn’t have my account details on me, and so, the Medicare worker suggested that I go to my bank, which was just downstairs, and get my details. She must have noticed that I was in a hurry, so added, “When you come back, just come straight up to see me and you won’t have to go to the end of the line.”

I was so relieved that I didn’t have to wait all over again.

Application: Being last can be a real drag. To be honest, if I had to go back to the end of the line at Medicare I probably wouldn’t have bothered coming back on that day.

Everything in our fast paced society tells us to be quick, hurry, and strive for the front of the line. But when we read Jesus’ words we notice that He says quite the opposite.

To be first, we must be last.

Jesus gave us many examples of how He placed Himself below others, and in that way He showed us to do the same.

Whenever I find myself in a long queue, I shouldn’t stand there frustrated and counting the minutes. Instead, I should be like Christ, and see if there’s anyone who needs to go before me instead.

Prayer: Lord, give me the patience to see Your love before my self-importance. Amen.

How can you give up your ‘first’ position to show Jesus’ love?

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This article was written by Linda Bailey

Linda started theological studies in 1999 in Australia. After working for ten years in various church ministries, she now works as the breakfast producer at 89.9 LightFM - the Christian radio station in Melbourne, Australia. She writes blogs every day about passages she is currently reading in the Bible. Follow her on Google Plus +Linda Bailey or Facebook by clicking the like button on the right of this page.

1 comment:

RobbieJanuary 29, 2013 at 8:49 PMReply

I find this true in traffic too. Let the other car in. Let the other car in front of you. Let the other person have that parking spot by the door.

Another great post, thanks Linda!