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Choosing To Be Selfless
10/6/2015

"Yet it shall not be so among you; but whoever desires to become great among you, let him be your servant.  And whoever desires to be first among you, let him be your slave—just as the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give His life a ransom for many.” Matthew 20:26-28 (NKJV)

Jesus gave great counsel to guide us in whom we should or shouldn’t be listening to when He said, “He who speaks from himself seeks his own glory” (John 7:18).  Jesus was talking about false teachers and prophets specifically, but this principle can also apply to selfish people in general.  This is because these people will usually all speak for themselves, and they will seek glory for themselves.  They love to hear the praises of people — praises that rightfully belong to God.

False teachers and prophets will say certain things as if God actually spoke them, saying, “Thus saith the Lord…” but they won’t have any biblical scriptures to back up their statements.  Many times they will refer to another book or writing to attempt to substantiate their statements.  The problem is this, they give these other writings the same value as the Bible, but only God’s Word can be looked upon as absolute authority (2 Tim. 3:16-17). 

Another common attribute of false teachers and prophets is they will often attempt to fleece the sheep in an attempt to pad their own pockets. There are many false teachers in the pulpit today, and they will speak heresy and watered-down doctrine in an effort to tickle their ears, and appease those listening.  They will not speak God’s Word in love for fear of losing their job.  The Apostle Paul warned the early churches about these false teachers. 

For those who are such do not serve our Lord Jesus Christ, but their own belly, and by smooth words and flattering speech deceive the hearts of the simple. Romans 16:18 (NKJV)

Jesus gave us a great example to look upon when He came and declared His selflessness.   From the very beginning Jesus shared His mission with His disciples when He said, “The Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give His life a ransom for many.” (Matt. 20:28).  Jesus always spoke the truth in love, but He never compromised to gain favor with His audience.  Jesus never sought any glory for Himself—He only sought the glory of God (John 7:17).  Shouldn’t we as Christians be doing the same thing?

I want to encourage you to think and pray upon these things today.

STUDY QUESTION: According to Matthew 20:26-28, what can we learn about Jesus’ mission, and attitude?

PERSONAL INVENTORY: Are you willing to imitate Jesus and be selfless—willing to serve others as unto the Lord?

PRACTICAL APPLICATION: Seek to serve others while you are living on this earth, as it is only for a short time.  You have much to look forward to in Heaven, and it is eternal.

MAKE THIS YOUR PRAYER TODAY: Father, thank You for giving Jesus as an amazing example of how I am to live my life.  Help me to see the opportunities to serve, and empower me to be able to do it with great zeal and joy.  Remind me when I forget and begin to be selfish, rather than selfless.  In Jesus’ precious name, amen…

Be blessed, Pastor Scott

 


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