Holy holy, Holy holy
Holy holy, Lord God Almighty
As we lift our heart before you
As a token of our love
Holy holy, Holy holy
I woke up with a merry heart this morning with this song on my lips and father I offer it back unto you as a holy sacrifice, may it be accepted unto you Lord! Amen.
O Lord my God, who is like unto Thee, there is none to be likened to Thee. We are grateful for Your love and mercies over our life. We are sorry for our short comings in all areas of our life, for our God is holy and whosoever shall worship Him, shall worship Him in truth and in Spirit, for the Father seekth such a worship(Jn 4 :23). Give us a humble spirit to serve You diligently all the days of our lives, in Jesus name I prayed.
Yesterday we taught about the keys to the Kingdom, how we should covet a healthy relationship with God as a means of having access to His kingdom. However, today, we will be considering another aspect of the “Kingdom” with respect to the sound teachings of Christ.
The practice in secular often times influence the way we react to things happening within and around us. We do things for wrong reasons not minding how it affects the gospel, you are meant to represent. I pray that the grace to live right and fulfill destiny be rest upon us now in Jesus name, Amen!
Beloved, for us to live the life of Christ, there are many things we have learnt that MUST be unlearn. What is kingdom greatness according to our Lord’s teaching? Consider further:
For who is greater, the one at the table or the one serving? Isn’t it the one at the table? But I am among you as the One who serves.—Luke 22:27
The measure of greatness in the kingdom of God differs vastly from that of the world. Our society idolizes the rich, the powerful, the beautiful, and the athletic. We even make celebrities out of those who brazenly flaunt their immorality. The world claims it is demeaning to serve others. However, God’s kingdom completely rejects the world’s measure for esteem, giving the greatest honor to the one who serves most. The person who serves selflessly, lovingly, without complaint, and without seeking recognition is highly regarded in the kingdom of God.
When Jesus and His disciples entered the upper room, the disciples looked for a prominent place to sit; Jesus looked for a place to serve. As they awkwardly waited to be served, Jesus took a towel and basin and washed their feet (John 13:1–15).
We Christians like to refer to ourselves as servants, but we are seldom content to be treated as servants! We are tempted to adopt the world’s evaluation of importance. But when we look to Jesus as our model, we see that it takes a far more noble character to serve than to be served.
The world will estimate your importance by the number of people serving you. God is more concerned with the number of people you are serving. If you struggle to be a servant, your heart may have shifted away from the heart of God.
Ask Jesus to teach you selflessness and to give you the strength to follow His example. Watch for Jesus’ invitation to join Him in serving others. It will come and I pray you will fail in Jesus name.
The next teaching is a consolidation on the foundation we laid earlier, read further:
“I assure you: Among those born of women no one greater than John the Baptist has appeared, but the least in the kingdom of heaven is greater than he.”—Matthew 11:11
John the Baptist’s role was to decrease in prominence while Jesus’ ministry increased (John 3:30). John allowed his disciples to leave him in order to follow Jesus. His ministry lasted only about six months before he was wrongfully imprisoned and executed on the whim of a cruel monarch. Yet Jesus said that no one who had come before John was any greater in the kingdom of heaven.
Moses had parted the Red Sea; Elijah had raised the dead and brought down fire from heaven; Isaiah had written a revered book of Scripture; yet in the brief time of service granted to John, he had matched them all for greatness in the kingdom of heaven!
Incredibly, Jesus said that we have the opportunity to be even greater in the kingdom of heaven than John the Baptist. He announced the coming of Christ, but we, as Christians, have Christ living within us. We must remember that service to God is the greatest privilege we can receive in life. To serve God in even the most menial way is an honor far greater than we deserve.
John was given less than a year to complete his assignment, and he did so with all that he had. We have the opportunity to allow Jesus to carry out His work through our lives, so that greater things are done through us than were ever accomplished through John the Baptist.
Our mandate is the same as John’s: to lift up Jesus while denying ourselves. Oh, that we would do so with the same fervor as John the Baptist!
And this you will agree with me differs from the secular view of the point. Let us be deliberate in our Christian living; to live as Christ will like us live. The Spirit of God lay it in my heart that, there is a reader of this devotional that is struggling with these teaching and I will say to you, tell the Holy Spirit to kill the old nature in you and renew your mind and to live His life through you, that way it will indeed be easier for you (2 Cor. 5:17). WOW! another is saying.
Finally, don’t forget to pray along with us for the successful launch – on to our website and the good Lord will bless you as well.
Remain blessed in the Lord.