Monday, March 9, 2020

Morning Manna by Rufus Parker - 9 March 2020

The Road To Greatness

Then came to him the mother of Zebedee's children with her sons, worshipping him, and desiring a certain thing of him. And he said unto her, What wilt thou? She saith unto him, Grant that these my two sons may sit, the one on thy right hand, and the other on the left, in thy kingdom. But Jesus answered and said, Ye know not what ye ask. Are ye able to drink of the cup that I shall drink of, and to be baptized with the baptism that I am baptized with? They say unto him, We are able. And he saith unto them, Ye shall drink indeed of my cup, and be baptized with the baptism that I am baptized with: but to sit on my right hand, and on my left, is not mine to give, but it shall be given to them for whom it is prepared of my Father. And when the ten heard it, they were moved with indignation against the two brethren. 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(Matthew 20:20-27)

Today’s Morsel:  One of the things that I have learned in my ministry and life is that of being a servant.  Some people do not understand what it means to be a servant. To be a servant is to see things that need to be done and do it without having to be told.  If you have to wait until someone puts your name on a list to clean the church, empty the trash, take a meal to the sick and shut-in, visit someone who is in the nursing home, or call someone that you know is sick or isn’t doing well to check in on them, you haven’t developed the trait of servant-hood nor have you developed a servant's heart.  Jesus said that He did not come to be ministered to but to minister.  If you think ministry is about a pulpit or a position, you’ve missed the whole meaning of the gospel.  The gospel is a call to serve (see Matthew 25:31-46; 28:19, Mark 16:15-18).  The disciples missed the meaning of the woman with the alabaster box of ointment that anointed Jesus.  They saw it as a waste, Jesus saw it as a service.  If you desire to have a great ministry, a great marriage, a great home, a great church, a great community, and a great life then learn how to serve.   Greatness always begins with a heart to serve.

Sing:  Jesus use me, O’ Lord don’t refuse me, for surely there’s a work that I can do.  And even though it’s humble, Lord help my will to crumble.  Though the cost be great, I’ll work for You.

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