Slave of Christ
Today’s Reading: Matthew 19-20
Key Verse: Matthew 20:27-28
“And whoever desires to be first among you, let him be your slave– just as the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give His life a ransom for many.”
Several key differences exist between the structure and leadership of a typical company and the Church. (i.e. Walmart – the most recent business where Norma-Jean shopped). The first difference is apparent in our key verses. Usually in a secular setting, a leader emerges who is hard-driving, ambitious, and strives for a higher position. This is entirely the opposite of Christ’s teaching regarding the Church. Only the humble should lead; they lead not from a place of pride, but from a position of serving. Another difference has to do with power. In the Church, the “Chief Executive Officer” is always the Chief Servant, and we seek to serve Him, the Lord Jesus, instead of ourselves.
PRAYER FOR TODAY:
Jesus, please make my heart more and more like Yours – a servant’s heart. Amen!
100 PERSONAL WORDS:
I learned a lot from my Dad. He had an earned doctorate, served as a college President, and served God in Egypt for 21 years. When he came home on furlough, he would request a rural charge (two or more congregations). He kept coveralls and boots in the trunk of the car. He would visit from farm to farm, find the farmer and ask if he could help him clean the cow stable. When I had a day off school, I’d be there with him. After an hour or so of work, he would say to the farmer, “Do you suppose we could have prayer with you and your wife?” He was never turned down. The churches filled up and people came to know Christ.
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