Ruling or Serving
May 03, 2020: SOAP #3804: 2Samuel 7; 1Chronicles 17; Psalm 2; Matthew 20
Scripture: Matthew (NIV) 20:25 But Jesus called them untohim, and said, Ye know that the princes of the Gentiles exercise dominion overthem, and they that are great exercise authority upon them. 26 But it shall notbe so among you: but whosoever will be great among you, let him be yourminister; 27 And whosoever will be chief among you, let him be your servant: 28Even as the Son of man came not to be ministered unto, but to minister, and togive his life a ransom for many.
Observation: Onthe walls of corporate offices around the world one can find organizational chartsof those in authority. The President or ChiefExecutive Officer (CEO) is at the top or out front. All others shown as under or behind theCEO.
In God's kingdom, the greatest is not the one on top, but the one on thebottom. The question is: How many peoplecan the leader serve? The greatest is not the one resting in the treetopsenjoying the view, but the one from which the roots draw their nourishment.
I once thought it hurtful when people 'treated me like dirt.' But in returning to the farming state ofKansas back in 1989, my attitude changed. I learned that farmers greatly value their dirt. The life of the farm depends on dirt. They have many ways to care for their dirt. I began to feel honored when the congregation,like farmers, treated me like valuable dirt.
Application: Jesus turns organizational charts up-side-down. He puts the most important one at thebottom. In the kingdom, it is not howmany people I can control; it is how many people I can serve.
Prayer: HeavenlyFather, love turns into service. It allstarts with my love for you"How can I serve you today? And in loving those around me, show me how Ican serve them today. May my servicetoday please you. Amen
Making friends for time and eternity!