SERVING FIRST

Kingdom life is not about lording over others Jesus said. If it's greatness that a Believer wants, there's only one kind that is acceptable to Him 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 another’s 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.

"These things" are the Lord's way to "greatness", as the Spirit says:

- "Humble yourselves in the sight of the Lord and He will lift you up," James 4'10.

- "Likewise you younger people, submit yourselves to your elders.

Yes, 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.

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"Blessed are you if you do them!"

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Finally, think this way:

"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.

Be exalted in Him:

"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.

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Jesus pleased His Father. Kingdom living is also about pleasing our heavenly Father and it's done by serving the Son:

"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,"

Romans 14'17-18.

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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.