Matthew 20:26-27 The Right Position

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.

Revelation 7:15 How Often Are You Serving God?

Therefore, “They are before the throne of God and serve him day and night in his temple; and he who sits on the throne will shelter them with his presence.” Revelation 7:15

Servants can be found nearly every place in every nation around the world. Often people are paid to be a servant for another person.

Each servant may be expected to meet a different set of needs. The common factor in all servants is to meet the needs of the person or group that one is serving.

John quotes from Isaiah 49:10 about the people who have died in the Lord and are now are dressed in white robes around the throne. They are serving God day and night, while God shelters them with His presence. This is looking into the future of a time in heaven.

Most people do not like the idea of being a servant, yet many are servants to someone. When working a job, the person is a servant to the boss, working to meet the needs of the boss or company or the customer.

Even though many people serve someone, very few serve someone around the clock, day and night. There is a time that they check in to begin serving and then later check out to leave. It is a temporary service.

At the point a person chooses to believe in and follow Jesus, he becomes a servant to God. Very often people are willing to serve God on Sunday’s in church and when convenient. Rarely is someone willing to serve God around the clock.

Life on this earth is the training ground to being a servant to God in heaven for eternity. Every believer needs to be ready and willing to meet any need God has of him, at any time God needs it. As the believer serves God, He will shelter him with His everlasting presence.

As a believer, you are God’s servant, there to meet every need He has of you without question or hesitation. God has some work of service for you to do. It may be in the morning, at noon or at night.

The important thing is to always be ready to do what God is calling on you to do. Instead of waiting until you are in heaven, begin serving God day and night here on this earth. Do the service Jesus began 2,000 years ago and continue until He returns or calls you home.

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will know the work God has called you to do; that God will give you the strength to do His work; that you will serve God with all of your abilities; and that you will know His presence and shelter in your life.

1 Corinthians 4:2 Faithfulness Is A requirement

Now it is required that those who have been given a trust must prove faithful. 1 Corinthians 4:2

Parents of children often have a trust fund set up to provide for the children in case of their death. The person who is given control of the trust fund are expected to be faithful with its distribution. It is not just given to anyone for their own personal gain or use.

While many should be able to be trusted with a trust fund, many will fail in being faithful with it. Many would improperly use it for their own use, rather than for what it was intended.

Paul revealed that every believer was entrusted with the mysteries of God. Now he tells the people that anyone given that trust must prove himself faithful.

The mysteries of God are that God loves everyone and has provided a way for everyone to be saved. Being saved is gaining eternal life, something that is greater than anything else a person can have or desire.

However, the mystery given to a person is not for his own personal use alone. It is to be shared and used for the benefit of others.

Many believers receive the mysteries of God, but keep it to themselves. They do not go out and be His witness, sharing what has been given to them. Nor do they live for God in every area of their lives. They trample upon their salvation by continuing to live in sin.

Those who continue to purposefully live in sin do not prove themselves faithful in how they handle what God has given them. They are proving themselves unfaithful with what has been entrusted to them, using it only for personal gain.

Every believer must realize that they are saved to worship God and to be His witness to others. They must share and distribute what has been given to them.

Ask yourself what you are doing with what God has given you. Are you hoarding it to yourself or are you sharing it with others? Jesus did not keep what He had to Himself, but proved Himself faithful unto God.

Do not let yourself be proven unfaithful, but faithful. Allow God to use you to build His kingdom. Allow God to build you up in Christ Jesus.

Can you be proven a faithful servant with the trust He has given you?

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will know what God has entrusted to you; that you will share what God has given you; and that God will see you as a trusted, faithful servant.

Luke 1:38 Trust God’s Word To You

“I am the Lord’s servant.” Mary answered. “May your word to me be fulfilled.” Then the angel left her. Luke 1:38

Everyday people receive mail or emails with promises of many different things. Most often they are filled with promises to meet a need or to make one wealthy.

While some of these may actually be true, most are not. They are scams to get money from an unsuspecting person. Many people will trust these scams, while those who are wise, reject them.

With these types of scams going on all the time, people tend to have a hard time trusting anything or anyone.

Angel had come to Mary and gave her an amazing word from God. Instead of questioning it, she requested that it would come true as spoken, trusting the word.

All throughout the bible there are many different promises God has made to those who follow and trust Him. Some of those promises are often restated to a believer by a word of prophecy or a word of wisdom when needed.

These words spoken today are just as strong and powerful as those spoken by the angel to Mary. Yet, many believers question God’s word to them. They struggle with believing that God will truly meet their needs or bring them through a tough situation.

God does not play favoritism, but all of His promises are for everyone who follows and trusts in Him. Jesus did not die on the cross and raise again just to let the believer be on his own. He is with every believer, right by their sides fulfilling every promise of God to them.

All a believer has to do is do what God asks and to trust God to fulfill His part. God will not fail or forsake anyone who is seeking Him with all of their heart.

Over time you have probably read some of God’s promises to you. You may have also have had some prophetic words spoken to you. With all of these, you may also wonder about the truth in these promises, wondering if God will fulfill them.

Take a moment to look through the bible and see all the promises fulfilled there. Then look at your life and see all the promises already fulfilled.

Now trust God with the rest of your life. God has not changed and will continue to fulfill every promise He gave you.

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will know the promises of God to you; that you will trust God with all of your life; and that you will see God fulfilling His promises.