THE LORD'S EXAMPLE
Greatness as per the world was in the minds James and John. In contrast, Jesus had greatness as per Himself in mind, and example.
Kingdom life is not about lording over others Jesus said. If it's greatness a Believer wants, there's only one kind that is acceptable to God and He illustrated it on one particular occasion:
"So when He had washed their feet, taken His garments, and sat down again, He said to them, 'Do you know what I have done to you?
You call me Teacher and Lord, and you say well, for so I am.
If I then, your Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet, you also ought to wash one anothers feet.
For I have given you an example, that you should do as I have done to you.
Most assuredly, I say to you, a servant is not greater than his master; nor is he who is sent greater than he who sent him'".
"If you know these things, blessed are you if you do them'," John 13'12-17.
There it is, blessing lies in doing "these things". The Lord's way to "greatness" is this:
- "Humble yourselves in the sight of the Lord and He will lift you up," James 4'10.
Further to that:
- ".. all of you be submissive to one another
and be clothed with humility, for
'God resists the proud, but gives grace to the humble.'
Therefore humble yourselves under the mighty hand of God,
that He may exalt you in due time,
casting all your care upon Him, for He cares for you," 1 Peter 5'5-6.
"Let this mind be in you which was also in Christ Jesus,
who, being in the form of God,
did not consider it robbery to be equal with God,
but made Himself of no reputation,
taking the form of a bond servant,
and coming in the likeness of men.
And being found in appearance as a man,
He humbled Himself and became obedient
to the point of death,
even the death of the cross," Philippians 2'5-8.
When Believers do the will of the Father and find themselves antagonised for it the Holy Spirit gives a wonderful reminder that they are above it all:
"God, who is rich in mercy, because of His great love with which He loved us, even when we were dead in trespasses,
made us alive together with Christ (by grace you have been saved),
and raised us up together, and made us sit together in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus," Ephesians 2'4-6.
Jesus pleased His Father. For Believers, that's what New Covenant Kingdom living is all about.
"The Kingdom of God is ...
righteousness and peace and joy
in the Holy Spirit.
For he who serves Christ
in these things
is acceptable to God
and approved by men,"
Prayer. Thank you, Father, for what Jesus has achieved for His Called-Out People. Thank you, too, for His example and the power of the Holy Spirit for every Believer who follows Him.
In Jesus' name. Amen.