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12/03/2015

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The Danger In Forbearance


"..... Just as the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve..." (Matt.20:28).

Many folks in this world battle themselves when it comes to being a servant. They battle their pride, which seeks to elevate self over others. Lets face it... Being a servant is going to be a challenge to the way most people think. The world tries to condition us to be self-serving and self-centered rather than selfless... The Lord's call to servitude contradicts many things the world says we should be, so why should we consider taking on the role of a servant? The first reason is about greatness. Yesterday's verses, Matt.20:26-27, proposes that the servant has the highest rank in His kingdom. Lets make this perfectly clear! This is not because of the servant trying to achieve greatness, but because he or she is putting others before themselves. Although the world may not view servants this way, Jesus says that no one is greater than the one who serves another... Secondly, as we look at today's verse, we want to follow the example of Jesus, who did not come to be served, but to serve... Instead of invoking His right to exert His authority over this world, Jesus chose the role of a servant. Jesus played out that role to perfection and completion as we finish out today's verse... "and to give His life as a ransom for many." In Jn.13:3-17, we find Jesus together with the disciples on His betrayal night. He went around the room with a towel and water and preceded to wash the disciple's feet. He was not instituting "foot washing" as a church ordinance, but giving them an example of how they should humble themselves in service to one another... We become more Christ-like when we give ourselves in service to others....

Have a great day... Go about doing good... Love mark Phil.4:11

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