Being Great In God’s Kingdom

if you want to be great in God's kingdom, learn to be the servant of all

Daily Spirit & Word: 780: Being Great In God’s Kingdom.

If You Want To Be Great In God’s Kingdom,

Learn to be the Servant, Slave, Minister (Deacon) of Everyone.

Good morning my friends, I’ve been on holiday for a few weeks now, I’m learning afresh what it means to be a SERVANT of Jesus Christ.

We stayed in a Hotel that trains students to become Hotel Managers etc… The whole focus of the place was on SERVICE, giving the customer the best service… I thought about that, that’s what God’s Kingdom Service is like too, being the BEST SERVANT you can be for Jesus.

It’s not about position, power, prestige or personal glory, but learning to be and striving to be just like Jesus Christ. Jesus said, “…whoever wants to be first must be slave of all” Mark 10:44. And Jesus went onto say, “For even the Son of Man (Himself) did not come to be served, but to serve (Minister, Slave, Servant), and give his life as a ransom for many.” Mark 10:45.

Being GREAT in God’s Kingdom: Means being or having a SERVANT Mentality, SERVANT Attitude, SERVANT Character; just like Jesus. Be honest with yourself today, who is it that stands out for you in your fellowship, church, group of Christians that you know well? Who is the most like Jesus Christ in your circle of brothers and sisters in Christ? They will be self-effacing, serving others, others orientated, thinking of others more than themselves.

Far too often in Church (fellowships), we get it so wrong; we think it is all about titles, positions, power, and a great name amongst our brothers and sisters. We want to stand out and be known for our closeness to Jesus. Imagine what it must have been like to be one of the other TEN when James and John approached Jesus to ask to be His right and left-hand men?

Mark 10:35-45 (NIV)
35  Then James and John, the sons of Zebedee, came to him. “Teacher,” they said, “we want you to do for us whatever we ask.”
36  “What do you want me to do for you?” he asked.
37  They replied, “Let one of us sit at your right and the other at your left in your glory.”
38  “You don’t know what you are asking,” Jesus said. “Can you drink the cup I drink or be baptised with the baptism I am baptised with?”
39  “We can,” they answered. Jesus said to them, “You will drink the cup I drink and be baptised with the baptism I am baptised with,
40  but to sit at my right or left is not for me to grant. These places belong to those for whom they have been prepared.”
41  When the ten heard about this, they became indignant with James and John.
42  Jesus called them together and said, “You know that those who are regarded as rulers of the Gentiles lord it over them, and their high officials exercise authority over them.
43  Not so with you. Instead, whoever wants to become great among you must be your servant,
44  and whoever wants to be first must be slave of all.
45  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.”

In the Passage above The Disciples Demonstrated SELFISH AMBITION:

Philippians 2:3-8 (NIV)
3  Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit, but in humility consider others better than yourselves.
4  Each of you should look not only to your own interests, but also to the interests of others.
5  Your attitude should be the same as that of Christ Jesus:
6  Who, being in very nature God, did not consider equality with God something to be grasped,
7  but made himself nothing, taking the very nature of a servant, being made in human likeness.
8  And being found in appearance as a man, he humbled himself and became obedient to death—even death on a cross!

My friends, we are not in competition with one another, we are to seek to make others even better disciples than ourselves. If someone you are leading to Jesus goes onto be even greater in God’s Kingdom than you’ve ever been, don’t get jealous, feel honoured that Jesus has allowed you to be just like Himself. Remember what Jesus said of His own disciples, “You will do even greater things than I have been doing”… What an awesome SERVANT attitude to have, to strive to make others even better than you are. Have I got the same attitude as Jesus?

So if you want to be GREAT in God’s Kingdom; and you should want that my friends, then we must strive to be the servant, slave, minister, deacon of ALL.

Now being a SLAVE or SERVANT is WONDERFUL.

When you get it, you’ll be SET FREE from striving, competition, seeking to be better than others…

This really touched me the other day; From a little book called “Ministry Is”

“Notice that Jesus said real greatness comes from being a “servant” (διακονος) and a “slave” (δουλος). Jesus wanted His young followers to understand that unlike the world system, when it comes to Christian leadership, the measure of real success is service. It is being willing to get dirty in order to benefit others.

Real Christian ministry is not about being over people and bossing them around. It is about getting under people and lifting them up. It is not about getting but about giving. It is not about being served; it is about serving and sacrifice.

If Jesus’ words were not enough, He wanted them to consider His example. After all, if Jesus Himself left His high position to serve and sacrifice for us, shouldn’t we, as His disciples, do the same?

For even the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give His life—a ransom for many. (Mark 10:45)

Jesus is God. Prior to coming to Bethlehem, He had existed in heaven throughout all eternity. As God, He was the richest, most powerful being in the universe. Angels served His every need. Yet, when He came to earth, He did not come to be served but to serve.

Jesus did more than come to serve. He also came to give, and not just a convenient, comfortable amount. He gave it all. He gave His life in order to provide a ransom for our sins. ”

Ministry Is…: How to Serve Jesus with Passion and Confidence.

—Quotes on Kingdom Service—

If you don’t want to serve, you don’t want to be in the ministry.

—David and Warren Wiersbe

You say you’re a servant of Jesus Christ, show me your scars.

—John Macarthur

God is not necessarily looking for leaders, at least not in the sense we generally think of leaders. He is looking for servants (Isa 59:16; Ezek 22:30). When God finds men and women willing to be molded into his servants, the possibilities are limitless.

—Henry and Richard Blackaby

Ministers are servants who lead and leaders who serve.

—David and Warren Wiersbe

Being Great in God’s Kingdom: Is about getting down and dirty in order to lift others up higher, so they will be cleaner and more pure and …

My friends, Jesus was God, but he took the form of a servant and came to earth to give His life.

Have you noticed in Rugby when there’s a line-out for a throw in, some in the line will lift one of their fellows up higher to catch the ball. That’s what Kingdom Service is like, enabling others and lifting them up in order to win the prize.

Prayer: O Lord, help me today to be more like You. I want to be great in Your Kingdom, but I don’t want to be in competition with others Lord. Help me to live in such a way that I’ll be able to lift others higher and even closer to You. I want to be making dust by being busy in Your Kingdom Service. Amen.

Have an awesome day my friends, Ministering for Jesus and God’s Kingdom.

Stay close to Jesus, be full of the Holy Spirit and let’s make some DUST by our Kingdom Service today, Amen.

Don.

Dave said, “I once spoke at a church that was exploding in growth by reaching public university students with the gospel. I was somewhat surprised to see several obviously postcollege age adults diligently serving the students as they arrived. The pastor of the church pulled me aside and commented that the cheerful man carrying the chairs was the city manager, the smiling gentlemen at the door welcoming every guest was a downtown lawyer, the grinning man taking the offering was a distinguished professor, and the happy lady running the nursery was a nurse. Each was also a member of the leadership team.

Unlike some churches that nominate and vote on deacons in a sort of popularity contest, they had a different approach. They chose those who were the greatest servants. The pastor said that they looked for “a cloud of dust” and selected the ones who were so actively serving that they left “the cloud” in their wake. ”

Ministry Is…: How to Serve Jesus with Passion and Confidence.

 

Hurting People, Hurt People

Why do hurting people hurt people.

Daily Spirit & Word: 588. Hurting People, Hurt People.

Freedom That Lasts:

John 8:31-36 To the Jews who had believed him, Jesus said, “If you hold to my teaching, you are really my disciples.
32  Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.
33  They answered him, “We are Abraham’s descendants and have never been slaves of anyone. How can you say that we shall be set free?”
34  Jesus replied, “I tell you the truth, everyone who sins is a slave to sin.
35  Now a slave has no permanent place in the family, but a son belongs to it for ever.
36  So if the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed.

Free Indeed:

Jesus IS the TRUTH: So Knowing Jesus as LORD is the Key to Freedom.

John 14:6  Jesus answered, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No-one comes to the Father except through me.”

Jesus IS: The Way, The Truth and The Life: So to know how to live and to get the LIFE we’ve got to come to Jesus and receive Him as LORD of our life. When we do that, we’ll be SET-FREE.

You know sometimes we are at a loss as to why some people go around hurting others. However, it is quite easy to discover the reason why they do that, it’s because somewhere along the line they’ve been hurt or offended themselves, but they’ve never gotten over it and it spills out into those around about them, sometimes it’s the ones they love the most that get hurt the most.

It’s an old saying, “Hurt people, hurt people” but it is so true.

There are common traits that a hurting person exhibits;

  • They’ll be very touchy about what people are saying.
  • They’ll interpret every word of advice as a criticism.
  • They’ll portray themselves as ‘victims’: I was hurt as a child etc and use that as an excuse or a way of justifying the way they are acting now.
  • They’ll perform hard to compensate or try to alleviate any guilt they may feel for not considering others.
  • More often than not though, they’ll be unaware of the effect they are having upon others who love them.

It’s so sad, but because of the way they are, they’ll often alienate themselves, people will stay away from them, and they cannot fathom why no one is there for them in their time of need. This furthers or exacerbates and entrenches their hurt.

Here’s what a psychologist has said; “Hurting people will often have the emotional maturity of the age at which the original and unresolved hurt took place. If they are acting like babies, children or teenagers then don’t be surprised.”

Even more horrific: Hurting people often hurt themselves. Self-harming: That’s when the Domonic has really taken hold.

Jesus came to give us LIFE and FREEDOM, but Satan is out to kill and destroy.

John 10:9-11 “I am the gate; whoever enters through me will be saved. He will come in and go out, and find pasture.

10  The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full.

11  “I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd lays down his life for the sheep.”

 

It’s because they are hurting and every word spoken to them is filtered through their pain or hurt and they’ll (more often than not) unconsciously respond with anger and venom. They’ll attack the person who’s only intent is to help them or even to love them.

There are certain words, phrases or situations that will trigger emotional outbursts; that will lead them to hurt others or hurt themselves. They won’t be aware until afterwards what’s happening, they live with constant regret, guilt and fear.

Hurting people are often targets and susceptible to demonic attack.

To cover, hide or mask their feelings, they’ll often turn to drink or drugs or activity, doing things to excess.

To those on the receiving end of their hurt or emotional state it’s totally perplexing. It seem unreasonable the level of their anger or emotional outburst.

What are we to do when we’re hurt by someone and we can’t work out the reasons why?

  • Pray for them.
  • Forgive them.
  • Pray for them.
  • Bless them.
  • Love them.
  • Do good to them.
  • Ask the LORD to set them free.

Call upon the Holy Spirit to act in their life, intercede for them on their behalf. Because they don’t know, they don’t know what to do. They are like the Jewish people, trapped and slaves to sin, but not even aware that they are enslaved.

Psalm 118:5 “In my anguish I cried to the LORD, and he answered by setting me free.”

It might or might not be you that’s involved in the setting free process, but at least you’ll be free from hurt yourself. Once you’ve forgiven someone, it’s not them that gets released, but you.

How can they be set free?

Often, because you love them, you’ll want to see your hurting friend, relative, co-worker or wife or husband set free.

It often takes Christian (Biblical) counselling or someone that the LORD will send along, whom they’ll trust enough to allow them to get close, so that they’ll open-up and reveal the hurt inside. When they are ready to do that, they’ll need to be led to forgive the person that’s hurt or offended them. It is when we ALL forgive that we’re set FREE from offence and hurt and pain.

There are books about HURTING PEOPLE, but they are unlikely, if they are unaware of their condition, to read them. The BEST book of course is God’s Word: It’s sharper than a two edged sword and gets right to the heart of the matter.

Leading a person to Jesus will begin the setting free process, but it takes time, patience, love, respect and awareness. Try your hardest NOT to take it personally when a hurting person lashes out at you. Instead, quietly and purposefully take them to the LORD in silent prayer. Bring Jesus into the situation, He knows already, but is waiting for you to call upon Him.

I’ve known people who’ve been like that who’ve been transformed by the Lord Jesus Christ.

In fact everyone who comes to the Lord experiences a degree of being set free from past hurts, but we only realise later on how much the Lord has set us free. Knowing the TRUTH (The Lord Jesus Christ) sets us free. So pray that somehow a hurt person, who’s hurting others or hurting themselves will come to KNOW the TRUTH and be set free by the Lord Jesus Christ.

So, when you can’t work out why someone has been or is being; vile or evil or nasty towards you, know that somewhere along the line in their life they’ve been hurt, their hurt is unresolved so they’ll be unreasonable and will hurt others or hurt themselves. You cannot reason with a hurt, you need to forgive the person who caused it to release yourself from the pain it is causing you.

Have an AWESOME day of FREEDOM with the Lord Jesus Christ,

Don.