Not so with you. Instead, whoever wants to become great among you must be your servant, Matthew 20:26
All over the world there are people who desire to be great. They want to be someone of great authority and power. It is often felt that the greater the authority or power a person has, the greater he is.
This power is sought out in many different ways, however, most often it is grabbed for or taken by force or deception. Rarely is great authority just given to a person because of who he is and how he acts.
Jesus had told the disciples that the Gentile rulers ruled with force, but that they are not to rule that way. To be great, one has to be a servant to others.
Looking at history, many of the greatest people were servants to others, to a point. They did something great to help other people out. Some of these people did it out of selfish reasons to become wealthy or powerful, but some did it out of genuine concern for people.
Believers, who have the right heart, will do everything out of concern for others and God. Everything Jesus did was to help others out, even His dying upon the cross. He came to serve, not be served, even though He had all authority, since He created everything.
To follow Jesus means one will be like Him. This means every believer must be willing to be a servant to others, putting the needs of others above their own personal wants, desires and needs.
This can only be done when one trusts God to meet all of his needs and desires. When this occurs, the believer becomes great. People will lift him up because he is building others up by serving them. God will lift him up, because he is being like Jesus and not selfish.
Every day you will have opportunities to serve someone else in some way. Instead of looking the other way or expecting someone else to meet that need, serve that person.
Rely up God’s strength and provision to meet your needs as you serve others. As you serve others, God can raise up other believers to serve you and meet your needs. In this way you will be more like Jesus and will be great in the kingdom of God. It will also be a great testimony of who God is and what He is like.
Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will have a heart to serve others as Jesus served others; that God will meet all of your needs; and that you will be great in God’s kingdom.
But as for me, I am filled with power, with the Spirit of the Lord, and with justice and might, to declare to Jacob his transgression, to Israel his sin. Micah 3:8
Revealing something that is wrong often takes some bravery and strength. In today’s society there have been some whistle-blowers who have done that with different businesses and government officials. When it occurs, the whistle-blower often gets ridiculed and ostracized by many others. Their life is often in danger.
No one likes to be shown that they are wrong and will often retaliate in anger, rather than hear and change. It is humiliating to be proven wrong.
Micah stated that he was filled with God Spirit and power to be able to talk about what sins Israel had been doing. He was filled with justice to stand for God’s standard of living.
When sin is pointed out in a person, many people immediately tell the others that they should not judge the person. They take offense to the truth about their lives.
As this occurs, many believers are quiet about sin in the lives of others. They do not want to offend anyone or make them mad. They allow others to live in sin, even those who claim to believe in God.
This is not showing God’s love, nor His character. God reveals sin so that it can be dealt with. Without knowing that a person has sin in his life, he has no reason to believe in and follow Jesus. All that Jesus did becomes worthless to him. It is only because of sin that anyone needs Jesus.
Believers must be willing to reveal sin in others. However, this must be done not only boldly, but also in love and compassion with the guidance of the Holy Spirit. It is to be done with the purpose of restoring a person, not to tear them down and destroy them.
As a believer you must be willing to hear others when they point out sins in your life. Be willing to change and live more for God in every area of your life.
And as you are open to criticism in your own life, be open to the Spirit’s leading to reveal what is wrong in the lives of others. Share it with a loving and caring heart, striving to restore a person. Be careful not to crush or destroy others as you point them to God and His ways of living.
I pray today that you will know the forgiveness Jesus has for you; that you will pass the forgiveness of Jesus on to others; that God will reveal areas of your life that need to change; and that you will have God’s love and Spirit in leading others to Him.