to rule others or serve others?


I was reading these verses this morning.

Acts 17     22 So Paul, standing before the council, addressed them as follows: ………………
24 “He is the God who made the world and everything in it. Since he is Lord of heaven and earth, he doesn’t live in man-made temples, 25 and human hands can’t serve his needs — for he has no needs. He himself gives life and breath to everything, and he satisfies every need. 26 From one man[f] he created all the nations throughout the whole earth. He decided beforehand when they should rise and fall, and he determined their boundaries.

27 “His purpose was for the nations to seek after God and perhaps feel their way toward him and find him—though he is not far from any one of us. 28 For in him we live and move and exist. As some of your[g] own poets have said, ‘We are his offspring.’ 29 And since this is true, we shouldn’t think of God as an idol designed by craftsmen from gold or silver or stone.

30 “God overlooked people’s ignorance about these things in earlier times, but now he commands everyone everywhere to repent of their sins and turn to him. 31 For he has set a day for judging the world with justice by the man he has appointed, and he proved to everyone who this is by raising him from the dead.”

 

Mark 9      Jesus asked his disciples, “What were you discussing out on the road?” 34 But they didn’t answer, because they had been arguing about which of them was the greatest. 35 He sat down, called the twelve disciples over to him, and said, “Whoever wants to be first must take last place and be the servant of everyone else.”

36 Then he put a little child among them. Taking the child in his arms, he said to them, 37 “Anyone who welcomes a little child like this on my behalf[h] welcomes me, and anyone who welcomes me welcomes not only me but also my Father who sent me.”

 

It reminded me of the conversation on FaceBook last night. The Church is not called to force people to believe, it is not there to give people power but to serve. To welcome those young of faith or non who are looking to grow. Not to judge where they are as in doing so you might pull out the good seeds which are sprouting there. The church is not a I’am in charge down structure but I will serve up structure. Often like the disciples it has got this wrong, but it returns time and time again to it. Look at the current Pope and Arch Bishop.

God is not interested in our structures the churches or organisations we build. That was true in the old as it is in the new. Our hands can supply nothing He needs, it is the other way round. He supplies all we need.  Acts  V25 He himself gives life and breath to everything, and he satisfies every need.

we are ..  27 .. to seek after God and perhaps feel their way toward him and find him—though he is not far from any one of us. 28 For in him we live and move and exist.  Trying to find a better and deeper relationship with God is what we are here for. He shows us the right way to live and as we get closer to Him we change to live that way ourselves.

 

He is not a idol made by the people 29 And since this is true, we shouldn’t think of God as an idol designed by craftsmen from gold or silver or stone. No He is the creator, we did not create Him He created us. From the beginning He has shown love and care and we keep going astray wandering away from the pasture He has for us.

Eventually the day each of us will have to answer about how She/He lived there live will come. 31 For he has set a day for judging the world with justice by the man he has appointed, and he proved to everyone who this is by raising him from the dead.”   God has set the judge, a bit like the government sets up an enquiry with a judge to look into a situation. God has set Jesus the one who died and rose again for us, to be the judge.  Jesus said any who follow Him will be forgiven and seen as pure. So do you want to be judged on your own live or on Christ’s perfect life?

Mark …………they had been arguing about which of them was the greatest. 35 He sat down, called the twelve disciples over to him, and said, “Whoever wants to be first must take last place and be the servant of everyone else.”   I love this, us arguing about power and authority, and Jesus saying its about service and  acceptance.  That the way children are is important.   37 “Anyone who welcomes a little child like this on my behalf[h] welcomes me, and anyone who welcomes me welcomes not only me but also my Father who sent me.”    We accept, children, because they are sweet, innocent and adorable. We want to do things for them, help them, teach them, and help them grow. When we do that we are living as Jesus wants and therefore welcoming Him in.  Then we also welcome God the Father in as well.

So going back to the conversation from last night, Christ’s Church is there to serve others not for position or power, it is to accept people as they are. Then teach, love and help them grow to understand God Father, Son and Spirit better as they journey through life. When we do that we are welcoming Jesus and therefore the Father into the group. When we don’t we are just doing things for our own benefit, making gods out of our own hands. Now in the past and still today the church is not seen by many as that rather a a part of the state or a power base. Some go to church or join the church for there own reasons to further there own agendas. The church is open to all sinners and so they are welcome, even if they do give it a bad name.  It has always been that true followers are a small number and even they are not perfect, we are all human after all. Lucky Christ died so we could start again and again, each time trying to do better.

Finally, this Sunday I am talking on the wheat and weeds, which this has a lot to do with so my post after then will link to this in some way.

May the Lord God Father, Son and Spirit bless you on your journey.

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2 responses to “to rule others or serve others?

  1. Another great post, Brother!! This is the truth that needs to be awakened in the Body of Christ. The True Church, the Real Church is those members that believe the message of Christ Jesus and are “attempting” or as the Apostle Paul stated in Philippians “we are running the race,” and we have a goal in front of us. We may stumble, but the race isn’t over until we all reach that goal!
    Why is it so hard for the “brick and mortar” churches to realize it’s not the programs inside that call men (and women) to Christ, but the Holy Spirit’s program outside the walls that allows the people who need Christ to recognize and see their need?!
    We need, no we HAVE to follow Jesus’ example and go where the need is. That is into the world that is lost but searching. We are doing exactly what Jesus came to correct in the religious leaders of His day, we are acting exactly like the early Pharisee’s and Christ and our Heavenly Father is not pleased. Yes, He loves us, but those He loves, He chastises (disciplines) and so far the organized churches that claim Christ as their example have not felt that chastisement. I fear for many of our churches today. I PRAY for many of our churches today. All a person has to do is to go to Revelations and read the letters to the seven churches. Then we need to look inward and ask the Holy Spirit to recognize where we are individually then help us to do and be where He wants us to be.
    Sorry I get so wordy, but when I read a great post and feel led to comment, I get rather excited as well. But, Chris, you keep fighting the fight of Faith. Keep following the leading of the Holy Spirit. The true Church, the Body of Christ, needs this truth and I for one and with you 100%! God bless, brother, until next time!

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