Monday, January 30, 2012

Servanthood over Certainty (1 Cor. 8 & Mark 1:21-28)

From where does authority come? Decisiveness? Intelligence? Persuasive communication? Strength? Though any of these traits may contribute to an authoritative presence, Paul and Jesus each provide examples of what it means to lead in a community of faith and in the world. Sometimes politicians and other leaders attempt a different approach to gain authority, leading their listeners to believe that with volume and certainty come authority. In Paul's statement, "knowledge puffs up, but love builds up," and in Jesus' actions of compassion and healing, we are called to look for servanthood over certainty in our lives and in community.

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