When we put things in the right order then we position ourselves in the best way to serve God and serve people. Ever heard the first will be last and the last will be first? Ever heard that those who want to be great must serve? Ever heard that those who want to get rich fall into temptation and a trap and into many foolish and harmful desires that plunge people into ruin and destruction. We need to be humble! We need to be looking for needs and fill them. We need to be look find pains and heal them. What is motivating you? What if the desires of your heart was to serve God and accomplish His plan and purpose in your life? What if your purpose was to love God and love people? Do they know you value them? Do they realize you are not about the top down mentality? It’s more about supporting them than controlling them! It’s more about serving and caring for them than about controlling them. It’s more about empowering them than controlling them. So instead of the sense of fighting your way up the leadership ladder, people realize the need to be serving others, supporting others, empowering others in order to move forward as good stewards and servant leaders. Leaders need to be genuine and have integrity. Leaders need to be the people. To build a leadership pipeline, the right behaviors and principles need to be set into place. With the priorities out of whack, it becomes a battle or fight to get to the top rather than a submission and service mentality to get to the bottom. Where are you at? Are your leaders serving you? Are your leaders supporting you? Are your leaders empowering you? Do you want to be more like them? Are you more about living the good life than about material and selfish things? We need get our priorities and our mode of operations right so that those who follow us see the good example and so that we get good examples from the people we allow to lead us too.
Today’s reading from Job 20 speaks to how having this out of whack can cause problems…
“Then Zophar the Naamathite answered and said: “Therefore my thoughts answer me, because of my haste within me. I hear censure that insults me, and out of my understanding a spirit answers me. Do you not know this from of old, since man was placed on earth, that the exulting of the wicked is short, and the joy of the godless but for a moment? Though his height mount up to the heavens, and his head reach to the clouds, he will perish forever like his own dung; those who have seen him will say, ‘Where is he?’ He will fly away like a dream and not be found; he will be chased away like a vision of the night. The eye that saw him will see him no more, nor will his place any more behold him. His children will seek the favor of the poor, and his hands will give back his wealth. His bones are full of his youthful vigor, but it will lie down with him in the dust. “Though evil is sweet in his mouth, though he hides it under his tongue, though he is loath to let it go and holds it in his mouth, yet his food is turned in his stomach; it is the venom of cobras within him. He swallows down riches and vomits them up again; God casts them out of his belly. He will suck the poison of cobras; the tongue of a viper will kill him. He will not look upon the rivers, the streams flowing with honey and curds. He will give back the fruit of his toil and will not swallow it down; from the profit of his trading he will get no enjoyment. For he has crushed and abandoned the poor; he has seized a house that he did not build. “Because he knew no contentment in his belly, he will not let anything in which he delights escape him. There was nothing left after he had eaten; therefore his prosperity will not endure. In the fullness of his sufficiency he will be in distress; the hand of everyone in misery will come against him. To fill his belly to the full, God will send his burning anger against him and rain it upon him into his body. He will flee from an iron weapon; a bronze arrow will strike him through. It is drawn forth and comes out of his body; the glittering point comes out of his gallbladder; terrors come upon him. Utter darkness is laid up for his treasures; a fire not fanned will devour him; what is left in his tent will be consumed. The heavens will reveal his iniquity, and the earth will rise up against him. The possessions of his house will be carried away, dragged off in the day of God’s wrath. This is the wicked man’s portion from God, the heritage decreed for him by God.”” — from Job 20:1-29 ESV
So will you choose to serve? Will you choose to make God’s purpose your purpose? Will you choose to make God’s plans your plan? Will you seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness? Will you trust God rather than trying to lean on your own understanding? Will you acknowledge God in all of your ways and allow Him to make your path straight. Money isn’t evil but the love of money is the root of all evil?
Help me today to glorify You thru seeing a need and filling it, seeing a hole and filling it, looking for ways to show people Your love by serving others. Help me Lord to be salt and light. Help me Lord to see thru Your eyes. Help me Lord to have ears to hear both what Your Holy Spirit prompts me as well as what the heart if saying based on what is being said and done, for from the overflow of the heart the mouth speaks. Lord allow me I pray to find a divine displeasure that I can pursue for Your glory. Help me to se beyond the surface. Lord, have Your way in me so that as I serve, You will receive the praise, the honor, and the glory, in Jesus’ name. Amen
Today’s devotional speaks to the impact of Job 20 thru Sidney Dark’s Red Bible and its impact on history and philosophy. It speaks to how Christian social philosophy is the best alternative.