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.

Romans 7:25 You Are A Slave

Thanks be to God, who delivers me through Jesus Christ our Lord! So then, I myself in my mind am a slave to God’s law, but in my sinful nature a slave to the law of sin. Romans 7:25

No one likes to be considered a slave. Everyone loves his freedom, freedom to be himself, think his own way and do his own things.

Yet, most people are bound to others in some form of slavery. The worker binds himself to the employer. The citizen binds himself to his government and all governmental authorities. Each one has to obey someone else or suffer consequences.

Paul realizes that he is delivered from the law of sin by Jesus Christ, but also recognizes that he is a slave to God’s law and to the law of sin.

Once a person becomes a believer, he suddenly comes into a major conflict in his life. He knows that he wants to obey God’s laws and live according to God’s ways, but at the same time he continues to follow sinful ways and habits.

Too many believers throw out God’s law, seeing it as legalism and holding onto grace alone. Living like this, they allow themselves to continue to be a slave to sin and continue to live in sinful ways, believing God will have grace upon them.

Living in this way, does not show one is striving to live for God. He is not allowing Jesus to deliver him from the slavery of sin, but remains in bondage.

Jesus has provided a way to turn away from sin. He removed the chains of sin upon the lives of a believer, setting him free. The sinful nature will still desire to turn back to sin, but the heart and mind will strive to live for God out of gratefulness of what Jesus has done. You may find yourself struggling with some sin.

Turn your focus upon Jesus and what He has done for you. Allow yourself to be a slave to God’s ways of living, rather than to the sinful ways of this world.

Do not try to live for God on your own, but be filled with His Holy Spirit to guide and strengthen you. By His Holy Spirit you can be changed from the inside out, becoming a slave to His righteousness and not to sin.

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will be a slave to God’s laws; that God will strengthen you to turn from all sin; that God will break the bondage of sinful habits in your life; and that you will live a holy life unto God.

Colossians 3:23-24 Do Everything For God

“Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for human masters, since you know that you will receive an inheritance from the Lord as a reward. It is the Lord Christ you are serving.” Colossians 3:23-24

In these verses Paul is speaking directly and specifically to slaves. Although today most people are not slaves in the same sense of physical purchase and ownership, most everyone is a slave to someone. There is someone that they have to answer to and obey, whether it is a parent, boss, or some other authority, there is usually someone who is in control.

Paul is telling the people to work with all their heart. This is working with the best of your ability, not cutting corners, and not complaining.

Many people in the workplace like to cut corners on getting things done. They like to show up five minutes late or leave five minutes early because they know that the time clock works in fifteen minute increments. Others will stop working and talk for twenty minutes on a fifteen minute break. Some will work slower than they are actually able to work. All of these and many other ways are cheating the boss.

God wants you to work for that boss or obey that authority as though it was Jesus standing there telling you what to do. Every good thing that you do will be rewarded by God someday. The struggles and hardships that you endure working on this earth will get you an inheritance in heaven some day.

This work is not to gain you salvation or favor with God. It is showing your love for God and for others. It is doing the right thing. Do it whether someone sees you or not, because God is watching you and sees all that you are doing or not doing. Do it out of sincerity of your heart and obedience to God.

How do you obey those over you today? Do you cheat, lie, or cut corners? Or do you do the right thing every time, all the time?

I pray today that God will give you the strength to do the work that needs to be done; that you will do everything you do for Jesus; that you will know that God will reward you some day; and that God will draw many to Jesus through you.