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Thursday, October 19, 2017
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The Chiefest

The Chiefest
I believe that almost everyone wants to be the chief or the best at something. God put it in us to be rulers. He gave man authority at the beginning and Jesus reinstalled that when he was here.
Though we are to rule in the midst of our enemies (Ps 110:2) we are not to be engaged in selfish ambition or enterprise merely for personal gain. Our authority is a spiritual authority and is not to be used to control people. Jesus spoke of this when He taught about servanthood. (Mark 10:42-44).
Just before this word, the mother of James and John had asked Jesus to give her sons the chief seats in His kingdom, one on the left and one on the right of Jesus. Jesus responded, 'you don't know what you're asking for. You will have to be able to drink of the same cup of suffering and death that I drink of in order to qualify for such a position. They assured Jesus they were ready and able to do such a thing and they did, but the position applied for was already promised to somebody else.
Now I don't fault them nor their mother in this. Mothers always want the best for their children and I know that Christian mothers pray the best for them always.
Note that these men were not asking for something they were not ready to sacrifice for in order to have. The reason, I believe, they made the request was because they loved Jesus so much that they wanted to always be close to him.
These men drank of the cup by first becoming ministers or servants. Jesus went on to further say, if you want to be great, to be chief, you must first become a servant. He gives Himself as the example 'for even the Son of man came not to be ministered unto, but to minister and to give his life a ransom for many.' (Mark 10:45)
When Elijah the great prophet was nearing his time to go to heaven, he called Elisha to follow him so he could be the next prophet in Elijah's room. But Elisha, who did twice as many miracles as Elijah did not immediately begin to be a prophet. He first became servant to Elijah and poured water on his hands. (2 Kings 3:11).
Jesus himself served his mother and Joseph for twenty nine years before he began His ministry. When he did start his public ministry it was to serve God and serve people. He then passed that ministry on to us just as Elijah did to Elisha.
The kingdom of God is an amazing thing. IT is made up of all sorts of people; people of every race, nation and language of the world, these all having come in by God's call and receiving Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord have been baptized unto servant hood. The scripture says of us that by love we are to serve one another. (Gal. 5:13). We also are to serve the world in the respect of taking the good news to them. They can be born again too!
So many people spend their lives trying to get ahead. Work, work, work. All for more stuff, more toys, more gadgets. When it is said and done there is no satisfaction in it. We are left with an empty feeling. That emptiness can be filled by the love of God that is offered in Jesus Christ.
When that love comes in and we no longer just think of ourselves, we begin to look after the needs of others and become servants to see that need met. (Phil. 2:3-5).
There is a cost! It is the cup that we are to drink of. It is the cup of sacrifice and sometimes suffering. It is taking up our cross and following Jesus daily. (Luke 9:23).
It is the road to being chiefest!
And whosoever of you will be the chiefest shall be servant of all. (Mark 10:44).
Think about it.