Not so with you. Instead, whoever wants to become great among you must be your servant, and whoever wants to be first must be your slave–Matthew 20:26-27
In this world, most people want to be in a position of some authority. They want to be the boss, not the worker. Very few people like to be in the position of being told what they can and cannot do at all times.
Having a position of authority gives the person a feeling that he is in control. Others have to do all the work, rather than himself.
After being asked about receiving positions of authority, Jesus tells the disciples that the one who wants to be greatest must be the other’s servant or slave.
As the world strives to build themselves up by pushing others down, God works in the exact opposite way. Jesus was sent to a world that did not ask for Him, nor want Him. He was sent out of perfect love to serve mankind that wanted nothing to do with Him. He served to the point of giving His life for others to have life.
Just as the world seeks authority and position, many in the church also seek the same spots. Rather than be like Jesus, many are staying like the world. Every believer is supposed to work on becoming more like Jesus every day, changing and becoming a new creation.
The believer who truly wants to be like Jesus will give up his own rights in order to lift and build others up by serving them. He will allow himself to become a slave to another in order to point them towards Jesus.
Living in this way shows the sacrificial love that Jesus portrayed when He went to the cross. That person is the greatest among men, not the head boss.
Regardless of your position in your workplace, home or community, you have the ability to serve others with your life. God can reveal ways in which you can serve others to reveal to them the love of God.
Use your position in this world to build others up in the love of Jesus Christ. As you are a servant or slave to others for the sake of Jesus Christ, you will become greater in the eyes of God as you become more like Jesus.
What position are you in today–boss or servant?
Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will strive to be like Jesus more and more; that God will reveal to you ways to serve others; that you will put others above yourself; and that you will become greater in the eyes of God.
and sang the song of God’s servant Moses and of the Lamb: “Great and marvelous are your deeds, Lord God Almighty. Just and true are your ways, King of the nations.” Revelation 15:3
All over the world there are people who have been recognized for what they have done. Inventions created, social work done, businesses started, products made, music, art, and more.
For some, whole museums are established to honor their work. For others, classes have been created to study their great works. The world is quick to recognize the works of a person, but often ignore God’s work.
In his vision, John sees all the believers, who had overcome the beast, singing and praising God. They sing about the great and marvelous deeds of God, confessing that His ways are true and just.
While most of the world rejects God and what He has done, those who have opened their spiritual eyes will be able to see what God has done. The very beginning of God’s great work can be seen in nature, the beautiful sunrises or landscapes and plants. The world sees nature as an act of random chance, while the believer sees God’s mighty hand of power at creation.
As the believer grows in his faith in God, he can begin to see how God works things in his own life. The peace that occurs during difficult times. The provision when there appears to be nothing left. The direction provided when there seems to be no way. The protection from the enemy’s attacks. The needed comfort during times of great sorrow.
And much more. Instead of ignoring these things in his life, the believer should sing God’s songs of praise. He should recognize God’s great and marvelous hand at work in his life. This does not need to wait until one gets to heaven, but can start today.
Take some time to see what God is doing or has already done in your life. As you begin to see God’s hand in everything, you will be amazed at how great God is. God is always faithful and just in what He does.
Now take time to sing praise to God for what He has done in your life. Along with praising God, be willing to tell others about all the marvelous deeds God has done. Doing these things will give God praise and fill your heart with joy.
Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that God will open your spiritual eyes to see His hand at work; that you will recognize all the things God has done and is doing in your life; that you will praise God for His great deeds; and that you will be a witness of He works to others.
saying: “We give thanks to you, Lord God Almighty, the One who is and who was, because you have taken your great power and have begun to reign.” Revelation 11:17
Over time there have been many different people rise in power to reign as leaders over a nation. Some of those leaders were good leaders that the people enjoyed having. Others were tyrants that the majority of people feared.
Although there have been many different leaders, none have lasted forever and none have complete absolute control. Nor have any of them been able to control the entire world at once.
In John’s vision he sees the elders bowing down and worshiping God. As they did this, they were giving thanks because God had taken His great power and began to reign.
Looking around the world, a believer may wonder sometimes if God is really in control. The amount of sin that is rampant and being promoted makes it appear as though God has left the earth and the believers on their own. Evil appears to have the upper hand in all the nations.
God is patient and allowing the world to run its course. There is coming a day when He will end His patience and begin to judge the world. At that time there will come destruction greater than has ever been seen upon the earth. Every person, believer or non-believer will know and see the hand of God working it all.
Until that day, every believer needs to allow God to reign in his own life. Then he can give God thanks that He is reigning in his own life.
As God reigns in the personal life, one will see that He is reigning in the world also. This can give a peace that passes understanding and strength for the days to come.
God has a plan for your life, but He must be given absolute control. He has to be the reigning authority in your life, not your boss, yourself or anyone else. Do not fear the temporary powers that appear to be in control but are not.
When God reigns, you will see Him do great and mighty things in and through you for His kingdom.
As you see God reigning in your life, give Him thanks. Thank Him for knowing what to do and how to do it. Thank Him for the control and power that He has.
Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will allow God to reign in your life; that you will allow God complete control over all that you say, think and do; that you will give God thanks for His reigning power; and that you will see God’s hand at work in your life and this world.