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Blog of Podcast #20 (Those who wish to lead must serve)


Intro

Welcome again to another Bible Study and I am Dreamwalker1960

In last week Podcast I mentioned Matthew 20:25-28. Due to the length of last week’s study I could not look deeper into those verses. So today that is what we will do.

Discussion

Matthew 20:25-28 – “But Jesus called them together and said, ‘You know that the rulers in this world lord it over their people, and officials flaunt their authority over those under them. 26 But among you it will be different. Whoever wants to be a leader among you must be your servant, 27 and whoever wants to be first among you must become your slave. 28 For even the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve others and to give his life as a ransom for many.’”

In these verses two things are established. How those that are of the world rule over people, and how Christ wishes Christians to rule over themselves. When looking at those in places of power today we can see that many live in the former role and not the latter role. This tells us a lot, and is why this study is important to come to an understanding with.

First and foremost. These are the words of Jesus Christ Himself. He knows that this is how it will be from the way it is then to the way it is now. So people can say they are “Christian.” However, if they flaunt their authority and lord it over those that are under their influence then they are of the world and so cannot be called “Christian,” even if they say they are.

James 4:4 – You adulterers! Don’t you realize that friendship with the world makes you an enemy of God? I say it again: If you want to be a friend of the world, you make yourself an enemy of God.

Now that we have established this line in the sand. We can now continue with this Bible study.

Let us go verse by verse in the KJV:

Verse 25 – 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.

Exercise dominion – G2634 – katakyrieuo – to lord against, i.e. control, subjugate [Strong’s]

  1. Subjugate – to defeat people or a country and rule them in a way that allows them no freedom [Cambridge Dictionary]

Exercise authority – G2715 – katexousiazo – to have (wield) full privilege over [Strong’s]

  1.   Privilege – an advantage that only one person or group of people has, usually because of their position or because they are rich

So those of the world because they are in a place of authority and are rich wish to rule over those they see as below them and to rule over them by taking away their freedoms. Because they see themselves as better than them for the mere fact they are rich and are in power. Does any of this sound familiar?

Verse 26 – But it shall not be so among you: but whosoever will be great among you, let him be your minister;

Great – G3173 – megas – big [Strong’s]

Minister – G1249 – diakonos – an attendant, i.e. a waiter (at table or in other menial duties) [Strong’s]

Verse 27 – And whosoever will be chief among you, let him be your servant:

Chief – G4413 – protos – foremost (in time, place, order or importance) [Strong’s]

Servant – G1401 – doulos – a slave (literally or figuratively, therefore in a qualified sense of subjection or subserviency) [Strong’s]

  1. Subserviency – Subordinate in capacity or function.

So those within a Christian based group or government that seek to lead must see themselves not as master or leader. They must see themselves has the servant to those they are place in over. The people’s needs come before their own wants or desires.

As has been previously established in the preceding podcasts we are in the era of the lukewarm church. Also, as shown in previous broadcasts we are in the latter part of this era. Which again brings us to 2 Timothy 3:1-5

1 You should know this, Timothy, that in the last days there will be very difficult times. 2 For people will love only themselves and their money. They will be boastful and proud, scoffing at God, disobedient to their parents, and ungrateful. They will consider nothing sacred. 3 They will be unloving and unforgiving; they will slander others and have no self-control. They will be cruel and hate what is good. 4 They will betray their friends, be reckless, be puffed up with pride, and love pleasure rather than God. 5 They will act religious, but they will reject the power that could make them godly. Stay away from people like that!

Now, when you combine verse 25 of Matthew 20 with these verses we can start to establish a clear image of those in places of power, be it in the government, news media and even entertainment, that conform to what is shown in these verses.

Jesus establishes a way for us to approach those that fit into this description. First and foremost, we are to turn away from these people from the world and to separate ourselves from them. This includes inviting them into your household upon the television screen and social media platforms. This also means that if it is within your power to make it possible to not allow them form attaining a place of power. In the United States of America that is called the election process. If they are in power, you vote them out of office. Or not allow them to get into office when there is evidence that they fit within those described in 2 Timothy 3.

Now since the mainstream media at this time does fit within the parameters for 2 Timothy. How are you to seek out a true image of who falls within these verses in the government and entertainment. You seek out alternate sources of information. I myself turn to YouTube. Where I have found multiple alternative sources. Also never accept anything anyone says without investigating it yourselves.

I have left behind most modern areas of entertainment. I do not partake of sports, or watch TV series or modern movies for the most part. Instead I watch movies that are decades old. I also read a lot. I am not here to influence what or how you watch, or who you vote for. Expect where the Bible itself says you are to do so. And yes the Bible does tell you how to vote or watch TV.

If you are to remove yourself form those that lord their power over you and act in ways listed in 2 Timothy 3. Then you should not vote or support any that fall into this category.

But here is your dilemma.

The main stream media (MSM), have shown themselves as something to turn away form as mentioned before in my series “the many faces of the selfish god.” So if they cannot be trust to give you the truth, that would imply that they lie. If they are liars then what are they lying about?

I leave that for you to figure out.

Understand this. All I am doing here is teaching the truth that is found within the Bible. There are those that are showing themselves to be of the world, and as Christians we are to not become involved with those that follow after the lusts for worldly wealth and power. For they are placing and seeking their treasures here upon the earth. Where we as Christians are told to establish our riches in heaven. (Matthew 6:19-21)

We as Christian do not live in and for the world but for God through His Son our Lord Jesus Christ. So we must follow what the Bible say about such things as to who is to lead.

As shown in Matthew 20 if they are truly Christian they will act as a servant to the people. However, we cannot count upon that alone. We have to come to an understanding of important factors that can cause things to go per the plan of God. Plans that in turn allow certain leaders to come to power. (Daniel 4:17; Romans 13:1)

A prime example of this is Adolf Hitler. He truly qualified  as the “lowliest of men.” However, God placed him in power over Germany. As a result World War II and the great Holocaust occurred. Nevertheless, a fulfillment of prophecy took place because he came to power. That was the return of the nation of Israel to the world of men. (Ezekiel 39:27)

Does this mean, if it is in our power to peacefully remove those that lead with the mentality of the world within them. We should do so? Most definitely. The one nation that undeniably has this ability is the United States of America. However since those of the world will do anything in their power to maintain control due to their lusts and desires we must be weary that they will lie and cheat to accomplish their wants. Then if they cannot get their way they will go to extremes to ensure that they will return to power if they are not removed in such a way that will prevent this from occurring.

Nevertheless, we must be willing as the children of God to accept what is, when it comes to situations like this. For God’s plan is beyond our understanding and the return of Jesus Christ is near.

God Bless

The sign of a tyrant


This is one of those things that always bothers me, as I watch movies, TV shows, video game, or read novels. I was watching one the other day, which I don’t even remember now, but it brought me back to this point, which is the title of this article.
What is it that shows a leader to be a tyrant?
What I was watching stated it was someone that placed their wishes and desires above the people. This was the sign of a tyrant. What really got to me, was the fact that there are people out there that think their actions and behavior are for the good of the people. That they are placing the people first, and they, with all their hearts, are acting for the common good of all. Yet in reality, they are not. They are so blind to the truth, that they do not even see their own tyrannical mentality, which is causing nothing but destruction to common people of a nation.
This blind self-serving mentality has been eating away at the United States of America and other nations for decades. Yet it has been the most visible for the last eight years as this nation has been run by a tyrant. Yes I said Barack Hussein Obama is a tyrant. Not because he is black, but because he does not acknowledge that there is a God. The Father of Jesus Christ.
When he came to power. Those like him upon the left of this nation. Felt they had been given a mandate. That it was time for humanity to reject God. They openly stated that those that follow the Bible needed to change how they viewed the world and their teachings of the Bible. That their views were the true views of humanity.
Hillary Clinton, another tyrant, made this very clear during her election. She felt that she had been ordained to become the next leader of the United Stated to carry on this great mandate that was begun by Obama. A mandate that would in time abolish the Christian beliefs and faith off the face of this earth. That the true religion to follow was the teaching and mandates of a religion that demanded the death of most that follow them blindly.
There are more tyrants in power today, than there has ever been in the past. Because most have forgotten, or in reality never knew, one of the most important teaching of the Bible, when it comes to picking a leader, who is human. These are the words of Jesus Christ on what a leader should be like:
Mark 10:42 – So Jesus called them together and said, “You know that the rulers in this world lord it over their people, and officials flaunt their authority over those under them. 43 But among you it will be different. Whoever wants to be a leader among you must be your servant, 44 and whoever wants to be first among you must be the slave of everyone else. 45 For even the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve others and to give his life as a ransom for many.”
What I really find sad. Is that I even hear those upon the left say these very same words, just in a different way. They ACTUALLY believe they are living this way. Yet they are not. When they spend over eighty million dollars of vacations for themselves with the money of those they are pledges to be a servant to. They are thinking only of themselves.
When they use their office to silence those that have an opposing view point to their own. They are thinking only of themselves.
Yet, to them, they are patriots. They ARE serving the people. Yet millions lose their jobs, and head into poverty. For there is only two classes. The ruling class, those within the government, and those that are to be ruled, the average person. This is the signs of tyranny.
This nation was founded upon Christian principles, teachings and mentality. This created the middle-class, for before this nation came to be their truly wasn’t what can be called the middle-class. Why this is, is because this was the first nation to truly seek for servant-leaders.
Are you aware that until 1855, except for 1815, congresses salary was $6 to $8 per year? Why is this? Because congress was made of servant-leaders. Once they started taking a salary, they became about themselves and not the people they were voted to represent. There are tyrants in congress and the senate as we speak. Reid, and Pelosi are prime examples of tyrants. Yet not all tyrants are on the left. There is McCain for example on the right and others, but I will leave that for you to decide on your own. Any who serve a lifetime in congress are professional politicians, and are in turn tyrants.
What can change this?
For starters, we need Christians to step up to the plate and take office. I don’t mean hypocrites who mouth the words of Christianity yet in reality live of and for the world. We need people who have studied the word of God and come to understand. That those in power are not placed there by a vote, by who they know or who they are related to, but by God.
Any who work of the government, no matter what level they work within were placed there by God, and they are accountable for their actions to God. Many people will awaken in a very warm place one day and never realize until that moment that they lived the wrong life. They lived the life of a tyrant, thinking they were serving the people. When in reality they were only serving themselves.

All for naught


This is what it is like to seek to have power and rule over others. It is a task that will end in folly. It has no true lasting goal, no true lasting achievement, and no true lasting acclaim. It is for nothing but a waste. Especially when it is sought after for the lust of the power and the riches many associate with leadership.
Now you have to understand how someone who truly attempts to follow the teachings of Jesus Christ approaches leadership.
There may be a need for someone to lead, in fact in some cases it is unavoidable, but to a Christian it is not something they desire to do, they do it out of a need to help those that are in need of someone to guide them.
The Bible makes a clear distinction between those of the world that seek to lead and those that or of Christ and are chosen to lead. Those of the world think themselves better and lord it over those they deem to be below them. Now even though this description by Jesus was made nearly two thousand years ago it has never changed. Why? Because humanities base nature has never changed especially if they do not know Jesus as their Savior.
Those that follow Christ know that they are required to make of themselves almost literally slaves to those they have been led to lead. The goals are to please and help those that are below them as Jesus Christ Himself did for all of humanity. He was God and put on the mantle of humanity, lowering Himself to our level. However, that was not enough. He didn’t come upon this planet as a lion to lead the Jewish people in revolt, but he came as a lamb to teach and love with His kindness and words. Pleading with them to see the glories of His Father God. Yet they rejected Him and subjected Him to the worst death allowed in this time.
Must Christian leaders seek to kill themselves? No, but they must be contrite and not over power and not even a great orator. Why? For they know that this live does not contain their true rewards, but the eternal life that is yet to come.
This is why seeking after leadership and or wealth comes to nothing. For once we enter into the eternal as time goes by none will remember their actions be they good or bad. That is why it is for nothing.
An example of this is those of ancient history. The Minoan civilization that was destroyed when Thera erupted in the Mediterranean Sea sometime between 1642-1540 BC. We have some artwork from t9hem, some building fragments, but nothing else. Not who led them, not really anything.
That is the future that is to come for all except those that have received the eternal grace of Jesus Christ by asking Him to be their Savior.
This is why seeking power and riches and feeling superior is a waste. What is the true riches, the true reward is seeking eternal salvation in the service of the Creator of the Universe.

Servant leaders


Jesus spoke directly on the topic of leadership. From His words those that call themselves “Christian” are taught what to seek what is important within someone that wishes to be a leader. Not just of fellow Christians, but of all.
Mark 10:42 – So Jesus called them together and said, “You know that the rulers in this world lord it over their people, and officials flaunt their authority over those under them. 43 But among you it will be different. Whoever wants to be a leader among you must be your servant, 44 and whoever wants to be first among you must be the slave of everyone else. 45 For even the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve others and to give his life as a ransom for many.”
Matthew 20:25 – But Jesus called them together and said, “You know that the rulers in this world lord it over their people, and officials flaunt their authority over those under them. 26 But among you it will be different. Whoever wants to be a leader among you must be your servant, 27 and whoever wants to be first among you must become your slave. 28 For even the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve others and to give his life as a ransom for many.”
“Whoever wants to be first among you must be the slave of everyone else.”
“Whoever wants to be first among you must become your slave.”
This is a statement of an overall leadership role. Whoever wants to be first.
In the KJV of the Bible the verses come out this way:
“42 But Jesus called them to him, and saith unto them, Ye know that they which are accounted to rule over the Gentiles exercise lordship over them; and their great ones exercise authority upon them. 43 But so shall it not be among you: but whosoever will be great among you, shall be your minister: 44 And whosoever of you will be the chiefest, shall be servant of all. 45 For even the Son of man came not to be ministered unto, but to minister, and to give his life a ransom for many.”
“25 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. 26 But it shall not be so among you: but whosoever will be great among you, let him be your minister; 27 And whosoever will be chief among you, let him be your servant: 28 Even as the Son of man came not to be ministered unto, but to minister, and to give his life a ransom for many.”
The reason I mention the KJV is that it is the closest English version to the original Greek text available. This allows the reader to research the true meaning of the words more easily. That is what I desire to examine here today.
“Whosoever will be great among you”
Whosoever – hos & ean
Hos – who, which, what, that.
Ean – if
Will – thelo – I will, wish, desire, am willing, intend, design.
Be – ginomai – I come into being, am born, become, come about, happen.
Great – megas – large, great, in the widest sense
Among – en – in, on, among
You – humin – you
Who if wishes happens to be great among you
Chiefest – protos – first, before, principal, most important
Chief – protos
“Shall be servant of all”
Servant – doulos – (a) (as adj.) enslaved, (b) (as noun) a (male) slave
Of all – pas – all, the whole, every kind of.
“Let him be your servant”
Servant – doulos
Let him be – esto – be
Most important be slave to all.
Slave – A person who works very hard without proper remuneration or appreciation.
Enslaved – Cause (someone) to lose their freedom of choice or action
Now there are several elements that need to be noted in these definitions.
The first I wish to look at is this phrase: “without proper remuneration.”
These means they are not in this job to get wealth or even live wealthy. For their goal is not for their enrichment finically but the enrichment, not necessarily finically, of those they seek to serve. Yet for as long as man has formed governments, except for a short time in the early years of the nation when men seeking to be leaders did not gain wealth or even leave the office wealthy.
From 1789 till 1854 the salary for congresspersons was $6 to $7 annually.
This began to change in 1885 till the present. Going from $3000 starting that year to the present salary of $174000 per year as of 2014 in congress.
How can someone seek to truly be a servant, a slave if they make more than those they are pledge to represent?
They cannot.
They are not enslaved to those that they are to care for. They are enslaved to money.
Matthew 6:24 No one can serve two masters. For you will hate one and love the other; you will be devoted to one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and be enslaved to money.”
Up until the early 1800s which is not very long, people knew the real understanding of the term “servant leader.”
Not just those that wished to serve but those that were being served as well.
Now most are ignorant of these crucial facts that Jesus Christ tried to impress upon us.
He even went so far as to show how He, the Son of God, was a servant to us humans.
The Son of God a slave, which is truly demonstrated by the fact that He died upon the cross a slave to our sins.
What is glorious about this, is that three day later He exited the tomb alive.
So changed that He walked with men that had seen Him before and were fleeing Jerusalem. However they didn’t even recognize Him till late into their conversation with Him.
Now for the next point. When someone, of their free will, chooses to be our slave as our leader. They as the definition states “lose their freedom of choice or action.”
They can no longer do anything for their own good, reward or glory, but are enslaved to their commit and obligation to seek after what is best for the people above all else even to the point of death, as Christ Himself willingly did.
Yet if you look around do you even see any truly fulfill this commitment?
However this is what is required by the person that is seeking to be the chief.
Now a point that many don’t even try to see.
“All.”
Now note how Christ starts this teaching unto the disciples. He starts by directly mentioning how the rulers of the world behave. Then just before He goes on to mention Himself being a slave to humanity He states that the person seeking to lead is to lead all.
“All” as shown above is the word “pas,” which means “all, the whole, every kind of.”
The whole.
Every kind of.
It does not say those within the Body of Christ. For that ultimate leader is Jesus Christ Himself. His point is for those that seek to be leaders of people, of groups, of nations.
Christ was showing His foreknowledge of a time when people could rise up out of the masses to be a leader of a nation, for at the time He walked amongst us that was not the case. Yet still He laid the foundation for servant leaders to follow that truly placed themselves as a child of God through Christ. This is pointed out because He showed how those in power of the nations behaved at that time. They were haughty, arrogant and most used their powers to belittle and demean their subjects. To think they knew better than those they controlled. So when taken in the correct perspective we see that true leaders that call themselves “Christian,” are to adhere to the instructions given in these verses by Christ Himself.
What also needs to be indicated though is that this is also the instruction of those that call themselves “Christian,” in what they are to look for in a leader so that this can be accomplished.
If they choose not to do so they are showing their rejection of the teachings of Christ and in so doing rejecting God Himself.
This is the behavior that the tribes of Israel did many times to their sorrow and regret. However, those that call themselves “Christian” now do the exact same rejection and they wonder why everything is going wrong, not only in the United States, but throughout the world as well.
So a servant leader must make of themselves a slave to the people they wish to lead, be it a church or a nation. If they do not seek this, but seek after their own glory, their own rewards, and their own goals. Then they should be rejected, either before they come to power, or once they do come to power; removed within the laws of the nation or church in question. For no leader comes to power without the blessing of God, even if the results of them coming to power results in the deaths of millions.
However, since we are commanded to follow the laws set forth by humans as long as these laws do not act against the Bible and thus of Christ and His Father. Than we are to follow them to the best of our abilities.
On the other hand, if they do act against the Bible and thus God, they must be removed, but in a way that does not violate the teaching of Christ as best can be done.

A Facebook reply


The other day someone posted a picture of aborted children’s bodies along with this statement:
“Someone asked me why can’t God be using Obama and Clinton. My response: Is God in the midst of people who support and promote this? This man voted many times that it was okay to leave in soiled utility closets to die, the ones who survived being dismembered, burned, and liquefied- thus denying them their 14th Amendment Constitutional rights. Hillary Clinton toots the same horn as Obama. By the way; this is the #1 killer of black Americans. So how much do black lives really matter? So IF God is using them; what is He using them for?”

This is my reply:
I have the answer to your questions, but first I must place a verse of the Bible in for your understanding:
Daniel 4: 17 – For this has been decreed by the messengers; it is commanded by the holy ones, so that everyone may know that the Most High rules over the kingdoms of the world. He gives them to anyone he chooses— even to the lowliest of people.
“even to the lowliest of people.”
That being made clear we must also understand how God responds when His children are disobedient:
Proverbs 13:24 – Those who spare the rod of discipline hate their children. Those who love their children care enough to discipline them.
God loves this nation, as He loves His chosen people, Israel. Did God not punish Israel many time as they turned their back upon Him? The answer is yes. One time leading Daniel into the court of Nebuchadnezzar, where he was able to not only prophesies of Israel’s return to Jerusalem, but of the coming of Jesus Christ.
This nation, the United States of America, has turned its back upon God, and as a result God has allowed this nation to be degraded, embraced and humiliated by the current president.
In 2012, those that called themselves “Christian” had the power and the means to tell God that they were sorry, but due to pride and arrogance, they could not “lower” themselves to vote for a Mormon. Over 53 million “Christians” stayed home or wrote in the name of someone that would hand the power back into the hands of someone that has snubbed his nose at Christendom since before he was even elected the first time.
The blood of every aborted child and ever Christian in the Middle East is now upon every single one of these people, not just the man in the White House, but they themselves. This is also true for every single person that calls themselves “Christian” and continues to support and vote for any person in the Democratic Party. A party that openly denies there is a God and proudly supports the sins of abortion and homosexuality.
This is why this nation is being punished by God.
Right now we are at a turning point once again. That is the greatness of this nation at this time. The people have the power, given to us by God to pick our President. Unfortunately, they have not supported the one that would have been best for this nation, and so we are left to pick the lesser of the evils once again.
Per the Bible, Donald Trump is a false teacher (2 Peter 2) and so any that calls themselves “Christian” should not be voting for this man. Yet they do. Why? Because they are the “lukewarm.” (Revelation 3:14-22)
God is giving them one last chance to redeem themselves before Him. If they fail this time. Well let’s just say this nation will most likely no longer exists. An example of God’s justice once again manifest.

Servant hood in today’s world and the church


A few weeks back someone contacted me. He stated that he was unfamiliar with any verses in the Bible stating servant hood. At that time, I provided him three. The most powerful of these was:

Mark 10:42-45 – 42 But Jesus called them to him, and saith unto them, Ye know that they which are accounted to rule over the Gentiles exercise lordship over them; and their great ones exercise authority upon them.43 But so shall it not be among you: but whosoever will be great among you, shall be your minister:44 And whosoever of you will be the chiefest, shall be servant of all.45 For even the Son of man came not to be ministered unto, but to minister, and to give his life a ransom for many.

Here is one I did not include that time, but is worth mentioning:

John 12:26: If any man serve me, let him follow me; and where I am, there shall also my servant be: if any man serve me, him will my Father honour.

To follow Jesus, is to serve Jesus. We are called to serve all. Not to have God or Jesus serve us, but to serve God and Jesus.
To serve Jesus we must serve the people, if you seek reward from God and give no service, but you are given a reward. You must ask yourself from whom did I get this reward since it clearly states that God will honor us if we serve.
My service is me writing and posting these thoughts, dreams and studies here. Will he call me to serve somewhere else? I truly hope so.
As I stated before our prayers should not be centered upon us. They should be centered first upon God and then on those in need. No matter the need you feel drawn to pursue.
My best example at this time is my own church I attend. We are a small congregation, but we provide food to the hungry. Our church is in the poorest county of the state of Pennsylvania. We may officially number less than an hundred members but our pastor and volunteers feed hundreds every month. This is a true example of servant hood.
If any man serve Jesus, he must follow Jesus’ examples. Jesus is the ultimate servant. He served you and me by taking our place upon the cross. Beaten and blood He suffered upon the rough wooden cross. Splitters sticking into His already torn back. That is the ultimate act of servitude.

Place others before yourself through prayer and action as Jesus has done for us.
I was just thinking today in a few years I plan to retire. How can I continue to serve the Lord at that time?
Therefore, I decided to do some more reading from the Bible and I once again turned to Mark 10:44. Now I am not saying I wish to be a chief, but I wanted to look at the original meaning of the word “servant” in that verse. By the way, you should never take any verse of the Bible at face value. To truly get into God’s Word you are required to truly delve into it. I like to use Strong’s Exhaustive Concordance with the Hebrew and Greek Lexicon all of the time.

Servant in the Greek here means: Doulos – a Slave (literal or figurative, involuntary or voluntary… therefore in a qualified sense of subjection or subserviency)

I then like to go to the dictionary
servant: a person who is devoted to or guided by something.

Subserviency: – Subservience: 1: a subservient or subordinate place or function; 2: obsequious servility

Obsequious: : too eager to help or obey someone important

Servility: of or befitting a slave or a menial position

From this break down of the definitions, and as you think through the syntax of the means. You end up stating that the word “servant” in Mark 10:44 means to over eagerly seek to help others even though you are called to be a leader.
Just think on that for a minute. To be so eager that you can be called over eager to serve others. That is even hard for me to get my thoughts around. This though is what Christians are called to do; to place all others before ourselves, but too many times, in fact most of the time that is not how Christians think.
Many think of themselves as better than other. They look down one people.
I heard a good example of this the other day, where I cannot remember now. Well someone in a church was reaching out to youth in the community, they has tattoos and decided to come to this person’s church. When they sat down people beside them got up. The pastor noticed this and said something to these people. The elders of the church stating he was wrong for doing this later confronted the pastor.
In reality, those that moved away and those that scolded the pastor are the ones in the wrong here.
This to me is a dying church.
I recall one time being in church in Memphis where I was upstairs looking down into the crowd below me. There I saw a woman waving to another to get her attention. Once she did she said “I love you hat!”
I thought to myself “really”. Are we here to impress others?
The answer to the question is no by the way.
These are not the actions of a servant heart. These are the actions of selfishness. These are the actions of someone, who in my eyes may not even truly be Christian.
Therefore, as I stated before our prayers should be God focused first. Other people focused second. Then God focused third. The moment you say “God Help me” or “God why are you doing this to me” you are not being servant centered but self-centered. I feel we are all guilty of this one. I know I sure have been in the past. Christians must return to what God has asked. To place all others before ourselves, and once we do He will reward us.