Thursday, December 7, 2000

Matthew 20:25-28

"But Jesus called them unto him, and said, Ye know that the princes of the Gentiles exercise dominion over them, and they that are great exercise authority upon them.
But it shall not be so among you: but whosoever will be great among you, let him be your minister;
And whosoever will be chief among you, let him be your servant:
Even as the Son of man came not to be ministered unto, but to minister, and to give his life a ransom for many."
Matthew 20:25-28

So much of life seems like a power struggle... work, school... even home life can seem like that at times.  Who has the authority, and who gets to tell who what to do.  We're all little kids in the playground saying "I'm the boss of you."  And everyone else says "You're not the boss of me."  The struggle creates a lot of conflict, especially when we think that if everyone played by *our* rules, things would be perfect. :)  Much of life is that way, but God specifically tells us "it shall not be so among you."  God doesn't want us to claw our way to the top.  He isn't interested in corporate ladders or popularity contests.  Christ, who really was the greatest of all, is the boss of everyone :) ... He came here to serve us, to live and die for us.  If we want to be great, in an eternal sense, we will follow him, and do what he did.  Teach and lift, and heal the wounds of the people around us, whether they are physical or spiritual.  We will jump in and get things done instead of worrying about whether it is getting done under our control, exactly our way.  Service and love is *God's* way.  Anyway, not that it is easy... but today, let's try to avoid the power struggles and serve... because you know, as we discussed yesterday... when we are in the service of our fellow beings, we are only in the service of our God.  That's a good thing. :)

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