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.

 

The Jewel In Aaron’s Turban

The Jewel in Aaron's Crown

Daily Spirit & Word: 663: Holy Things.

The Jewel in Aaron’s Turban.

Good morning my friends, it’s cold and dark outside. Thanks be to the LORD, I’ve been convicted by His Holy Spirit again. As I was reading in daily devotional, I heard His voice saying, “That’s you Donald”. Now ordinarly I’d think “that’s Satan’s voice trying to make me feel guilty, when I’m not”, but today it was the voice of the LORD. You see even in the holiest of things that we do for the LORD there is SIN lurking at the door.
Exodus 28:38 (NLT) “Aaron must wear it on his forehead so he may take on himself any guilt of the people of Israel when they consecrate their sacred offerings. He must always wear it on his forehead so the LORD will accept the people.”
When I first studied Exodus, I must have missed this; I concentrated then upon the Dress of Aaron the High Priest, but today the LORD showed me something more. It’s talking about the jewel in Aaron’s turban and the fact that even when the People of Israel were bringing offerings to the LORD, there was some sin in the offering. It was a reminder that even when the people are going about doing their most holy and devoted acts, there is a tinge of sinfulness in it; and the jewel in the turban is to take away the sins from the people, that Aaron (the High Priest) might bear their sin, even in their offerings and sacrifices so that they would become acceptable to God.
Imagine that, you’re going to; prayer, praise, Bible study, fellowship meetings etc; yet there is something, some aspect of sin in the offering?

How can that possibly be?

How is it possible to be doing HOLY activity with sinful motives?

Well think of a Garden that needs to be tended:
A gardener may look at his garden and say, “Oh I need to go and do some weeding”… He goes out and spends ages removing the weeds. That’s good right? Well it could be, but let’s look at some of the reasons why a gardener may undertake the task of weeding his garden.
Indolence: (I learned a new word today) Indolence is; inactivity resulting from a dislike of hard work.
So the garden may be covered in weeds because of the gardener’s indolence, laziness, lack of concern, not caring about the growth of weeds in the garden. This reminded me of Jesus teaching about the yeast of the Pharisees and how it can spread throughout the whole batch of dough or the church or fellowship. Jesus wants his people to be pure, so He instructs us to be aware of the yeast of the Pharisees, unbelief.
There are HOLY things we should be doing, but because of our lazy attitude or our indolence, it doesn’t get done.
PRIDE & VANITY: The gardener may work on his garden for reasons of pride or vanity.
He works hard removing every single weed he can find, so that when he looks back over his garden he pats himself on the back and says, “What a good job I’ve done, that will impress people”. That’s pride in operation. He’s thinking of the neighbours looking over the fence and saying, “That’s a fantastic garden”; that’s pride too, but it’s also vanity; looking good in the eyes of others.
Why are we going about our devotions to the LORD? Is it to impress other people, to feel good about ourselves, to impress the LORD or because we’ve been too lazy and we’ve let the garden of our faith get covered in weeds?
Thankfully, like Aaron’s jewel in the turban, which was in place because of the iniquity of the offerings, the sins of the people who were bringing holy sacrifices to the LORD, we too have a High Priest: Jesus Christ. When we’re doing our devotions; prayer, praise, worship, fellowship, Bible study, etc; the Lord God Almighty doesn’t see us or the sin in the offering: He sees only your High Priest standing in front of your offerings. Jesus Christ is your great high priest my friends; that’s GRACE.
So even if it is; indolence, pride or vanity, we’re covered by the righteousness of Jesus Christ. However, let’s check our motives; why are we tending our garden of praise?
  • If it’s to impress other’s that’s vanity.
  • If it’s to impress the LORD, that vanity too.
  • If it’s to impress ourselves, that’s Pride.
  • If it’s to cover our laziness, that’s indolence.
Oh LORD, SAVE me from my pride, vanity and indolence today. Amen.
Lord, I ask that you’ll help me, even when I’m doing the right things, to be doing them from pure motives. Amen.
Help me O LORD, even in my most HOLY activity. Amen.
Thank you Lord Jesus, that You are the Jewel in the Crown of righteousness.
Don.

Praise the LORD