“And whoever desires to be first among you, let him be your slave— just as the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give His life a ransom for many.””
Matthew 20:27-28 NKJV
It is the hidden desire of many in the body of Christ to have supremacy, to be looked up to as having some kind of significance. Many opt for the political world, where they can push for leadership in the public square, seeking to control the laws for country.
Some seek to be supreme in the body of Christ, desiring to be elevated above others, to have distinction, a strong spiritual reputation.
As for me, I have sought the life of a servant, one who says little and is on the scene to assist others in the conduct of their duties. In my local church, I have been limited due to my health to very few things, but I do what I can with great enthusiasm, using the spiritual gifts the Lord has given me.
I rejoice in being a supporting player, praying for, and encouraging those the Lord has called to greater things. I sit on my pew and do what the Lord has called me to do, and sit alone in the calm of the prayer chair lifting many to the throne room of God. I have learned, that even the most humble of positions is superior to any found in the world.
“For a day in Your courts is better than a thousand. I would rather be a doorkeeper in the house of my God Than dwell in the tents of wickedness.”
Psalms 84:10 NKJV
I try and take my servants heart outside of there walls of my church, as I go amongst those the Lord desires to save. Part of being a servant is placing oneself below others. God has helped me with that, as He has ripped all the things that I previously leaned upon for reputation, and has replaced them with a weakness and an ever increasing desire to go home to heaven.
In my humiliation, I cry out to God to use me, to use whatever is left to glorify HIs Son Jesus, that many come to know Him and be saved. I have no room to boast, no substance to in which to brag. I am one held together by Jesus, day by day.
“Let nothing be done through selfish ambition or conceit, but in lowliness of mind let each esteem others better than himself. Let each of you look out not only for his own interests, but also for the interests of others.”
Philippians 2:3-4 NKJV
Brothers and sisters, we are living in contentious times, and there is great temptation to look upon others outside the household of faith as inferior.
When we do this we are more like the world. Even now, I often hear people put down those who follow the Lord Jesus Christ as narrow-minded and bigoted.
We have the power to respond to those criticism in different ways, but the best is to remember the model given by our Lord Jesus Christ, who while vilified, took those in opposition to the truth.
“They answered and said to Him, “Abraham is our father.” Jesus said to them, “If you were Abraham’s children, you would do the works of Abraham. But now you seek to kill Me, a Man who has told you the truth which I heard from God. Abraham did not do this. You do the deeds of your father.” Then they said to Him, “We were not born of fornication; we have one Father—God.” Jesus said to them, “If God were your Father, you would love Me, for I proceeded forth and came from God; nor have I come of Myself, but He sent Me. Why do you not understand My speech? Because you are not able to listen to My word.”
John 8:39-43 NKJV
Even when aspersions were cast about His birth, He responded with truth. May we be people who when confronted, respond with the truth of God’s word, and not seek to uphold ourselves or give a flesh born defense.
Jesus was set on completing His mission from His temptation in the wilderness, to the hammering of the nails, and the mocking on the cross. I pray that we have the same desire to have a servants heart to the end. Even up to His ascension, He was working, and now He intercedes on our behalf.
Let the heart of Jesus be our guide, as He has left us a Helper to assist us in being more like Him in these uncertain and perilous times.
“Let this mind be in you which was also in Christ Jesus, who, being in the form of God, did not consider it robbery to be equal with God, but made Himself of no reputation, taking the form of a bondservant, and coming in the likeness of men. And being found in appearance as a man, He humbled Himself and became obedient to the point of death, even the death of the cross.”
Philippians 2:5-8 NKJV
Have a fabulous Friday!