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“Do you seek great things for yourself?”

Jeremiah 45:5

 

There is a difference between striving for greatness and striving for great things for yourself.

 

The difference is divined when the heart is examined.  

 

Jesus achieved greatness because He did not seek great things for Himself.  

 

Have you read Philippians 2:6-11?

Jesus who, though he was in the form of God, did not count equality with God a thing to be grasped, emptied himself, by taking the form of a servant, being born in the likeness of men … He humbled himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross. 

 

Therefore God has highly exalted him and bestowed on him the name that is above every name, so that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father. (1)

 

People who seek great things for themselves are always promoting themselves.

 

People who succeed in striving for greatness empty themselves and become servants.

 

Great things perish.  

 

Greatness is remembered without effort.

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(1) The Holy Bible: English Standard Version (Wheaton: Standard Bible Society, 2001), Philippians 2:6–11.

 

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You are slaves of the one whom you obey

Romans 6:16

We are all slaves either by choice or by default.

You have either chosen your Master or been chosen by a Master.

I have chosen to write a Daily Devotional as part of my my ministry.  I have been traveling the past 4 days.  Finding time to read and write has been difficult. I could have chosen to skip writing this week, but I can not. I have chosen to be a slave to this commitment.  I do regret my decision.

Addicts are slaves to their addictions.  While their addiction began as a choice, it quickly became a bondage, which they eventually regretted.

Most of us are repulsed by the concept of being slaves.  We prefer to be called servants.  Being a servant denotes a sense of freedom of choice.  Being a slave connotes being in bondage.

In the Bible the words for slave and servant are used interchangeably.  A servant freely chooses his bondage.

Jesus recognized that He was both servant and slave:

To be great you must be a servant, and to be be first you must be a slave, even as the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve, to give his life as a ransom for many.  (Matthew 20:26-28)

Jesus bound Himself to His decision to die for our sins.  He could not walk away because He had bound Himself into His Master’s service.

This is why He did not defend Himself when falsely accused.  This is why He went to the cross in silence.  This is why He remained a servant, washing His disciples feet hours before they all betrayed and denied Him.

His enslavement led to His death and our life.

Many are enslaved to things which lead to death, rather than life.

In fact, there is only one enslavement which leads to life.  That is the decision to bind yourself to the Lord God, to Jesus.

Being in service to God is not easy.  Jesus proved this.  Joshua chose to serve God even while recognizing that, like every Master, He is a holy and jealous God. (Joshua 24:19)

Choose your Master carefully.

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