We are to be different! We need to be humble! We need to act like the youngest! We need to act like the servant! In this we can be servant leaders! Leading by serving others.
Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect. — Romans 12:2
We are to be transformed! Let’s renew our mind with God’s Word so that we can understand and know God’s will! In doing this, it will allow us to know what is good, acceptable, and perfect! In this life we will face trials and we are to consider it all joy.
2Consider it all joy, my brethren, when you encounter various trials, 3knowing that the testing of your faith produces endurance. 4And let endurance have its perfect result, so that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing.
–from James 1
So let’s endure the trials and the tribulations! Let’s find peace and joy in and through them, for they will work in us a work that will produce endurance! Let’s build up our endurance so that in the end we will have the perfect result being complete and lacking nothing.
Don’t conform to this world!
Today’s reading speaks to this truth…
The Argument about Greatness
24 An argument broke out among the disciples as to which one of them should be thought of as the greatest. 25Jesus said to them, “The kings of the pagans have power over their people, and the rulers claim the title ‘Friends of the People.’ 26 But this is not the way it is with you; rather, the greatest one among you must be like the youngest, and the leader must be like the servant. 27 Who is greater, the one who sits down to eat or the one who serves? The one who sits down, of course. But I am among you as one who serves. 28“You have stayed with me all through my trials; 29and just as my Father has given me the right to rule, so I will give you the same right. 30 You will eat and drink at my table in my Kingdom, and you will sit on thrones to rule over the twelve tribes of Israel.
–from Luke 22
We have people we need to serve in our families, in our neighborhoods, in our communities, in our workplaces so that they will see Jesus working in and through us for them. So let’s be living testimonies of who Jesus is in our lives and because of everything He has done in and through and for us. We need to live humble lives that are devoted to God’s work. We need to obedient to His calling on our lives so that in and through us God’s love, truth, wisdom, and hope can be displayed to all those we come in contact with. We need to be humble and continue to learn. We need to be humble teachers for we don’t know it all, however, we know who does and in whom we put our hope and trust! We need to mature in our walk with God so that we can be the servant leaders God needs us to be for those around us who either don’t know Him or need us to be able to speak truth into their lives in love. We need to be able know the difference between good and evil! We ned to be able to speak to others the fact that there is good and evil! And in that help them develop into all that God has planned for them in their lives!
1Every high priest is chosen from his fellow-men and appointed to serve God on their behalf, to offer sacrifices and offerings for sins. 2Since he himself is weak in many ways, he is able to be gentle with those who are ignorant and make mistakes. 3 And because he is himself weak, he must offer sacrifices not only for the sins of the people but also for his own sins. 4 No one chooses for himself the honor of being a high priest. It is only by God’s call that a man is made a high priest—just as Aaron was. 5 In the same way, Christ did not take upon himself the honor of being a high priest. Instead, God said to him, “You are my Son; today I have become your Father.” 6He also said in another place, “You will be a priest forever, in the priestly order of Melchizedek.” 7 In his life on earth Jesus made his prayers and requests with loud cries and tears to God, who could save him from death. Because he was humble and devoted, God heard him. 8But even though he was God’s Son, he learned through his sufferings to be obedient. 9When he was made perfect, he became the source of eternal salvation for all those who obey him, 10and God declared him to be high priest, in the priestly order of Melchizedek.
Warning against Abandoning the Faith
11There is much we have to say about this matter, but it is hard to explain to you, because you are so slow to understand. 12 There has been enough time for you to be teachers—yet you still need someone to teach you the first lessons of God’s message. Instead of eating solid food, you still have to drink milk. 13Anyone who has to drink milk is still a child, without any experience in the matter of right and wrong. 14Solid food, on the other hand, is for adults, who through practice are able to distinguish between good and evil. –from Hebrews 5
So let’s look to the truth! Let’s seek wisdom through God’s Word! Let’s allow that wisdom to lead us and guide us! God doesn’t want us to live in fear…
For God has not given us a spirit of timidity, but of power and love and discipline. –2 Timothy 1:7
So let’s check out Proverbs today and see what God’s Word has to say!
1If you have to choose between a good reputation and great wealth, choose a good reputation.
2The rich and the poor have this in common: the Lord made them both.
3Sensible people will see trouble coming and avoid it, but an unthinking person will walk right into it and regret it later.
4Obey the Lord, be humble, and you will get riches, honor, and a long life.
5If you love your life, stay away from the traps that catch the wicked along the way.
6Teach children how they should live, and they will remember it all their life.
7Poor people are slaves of the rich. Borrow money and you are the lender’s slave.
8If you plant the seeds of injustice, disaster will spring up, and your oppression of others will end.
9Be generous and share your food with the poor. You will be blessed for it.
10Get rid of a conceited person, and then there will be no more arguments, quarreling, or name-calling.
11If you love purity of heart and graciousness of speech, the king will be your friend.
12The Lord sees to it that truth is kept safe by disproving the words of liars.
13Lazy people stay at home; they say a lion might get them if they go outside.
14Adultery is a trap—it catches those with whom the Lord is angry.
15Children just naturally do silly, careless things, but a good spanking will teach them how to behave.
16If you make gifts to rich people or oppress the poor to get rich, you will become poor yourself.
–from Proverbs 22
So let’s live life to the full and in the right way! Let’s not conform to this world!