"Can you kids be good long enough for me to poop!?"
Two brothers send their mother to Jesus to seek a high position in his coming kingdom.
- Jesus challenges them to consider what they're asking and to consider the suffering necessary as followers of Christ. "Can you drink from the cup I drink?" Etc.
Matt 20:26 "but whoever would be great among you must be your servant and whoever would be first among you must be your servant, even as the son of man came not to be served but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many."
-servitude should be lived out, opposed to the worldly concept of greatness
-humbleness, selflessness, operating not out of pride
- I must examine myself in comparison to Jesus, measuring pride vs. humility.
-fear the lord
-accept their place
-make good leaders
-are quick to repent
By nature, we are not humble. Humbleness takes pursuit and is fruit of a relationship with God.
Pride and humbleness are easily confused and can look similar. If you're avoiding sharing gifts or leadership to avoid attention or to appear humble, you are focusing on others perception of you, which is PRIDE.
What can we do to become less egocentric and more others/God-centric? How do we become more considerate, loving others before ourselves?
What would happen if we no longer expected to be served, but lived to serve others and God?
- To truly understand God is to accept we have nothing to offer him for our salvation. We make no contribution. Its an undeserved gift we must gratefully and humbly accept, without pride.
-there is a joy in surrender to servitude and freedom of living a life without pride
"Resident M ran through the house yelling 'Llama! Llama!' in his peers' faces and made many references of various sexual acts with llamas."
-Something I'd never written until now, and I've had to document some messed up stuff over the years.
These stinkin' kids. They drive me crazy.
And they're bad. Really bad.
But I love them.
God has broken my heart for them.
And they know it.
They know I can't stand them.
They know I love them.
They know I keep coming back because God makes me.
They know there is a God who loves them enough to make me love them too.
-Christianity is always one generation away from extinction.
The disciples asked Jesus who was the greatest in the kingdom. Jesus stated it was the children, which was counter-cultural of the time.
Matthew 18:4, "Whoever humbles himself and becomes like this is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven."
-Children humble themselves and don't have shame of their reliance on adults.
-This is the way we should be with God: completely dependent and unashamed.
- Invite God into all areas of life, the way children invite others to share life with them.
- Children are most likely to become fully devoted followers of Christ.
- When you open your heart to a child you open your heart to Christ.
- Make room in your heart for children and others and you make room in your heart for God.
- You're better off drowning yourself than leading a child or follower into sin. (Matt. 10:6)
Read the parable of the Shepard and the missing sheep (Matt. 18:12-14)
- Notice the emphasis on 'little ones.' Reaching out to the lost means reaching out to children.
Ever run into one of those teeny tiny ankle biters that thinks he's a giant canine beast? There's a new kid in the group home I work in and he's just like one of those little dogs.
He is a constant reminder of my own self-centeredness.
One moment he's this big thug that's gonna kill me, and the next moment he's this crying little kid that misses his mommy and needs to be sung to sleep at night because he's scared of the dark.
There are these times when I need to yell at him to get him under control and keep him safe. There are times I need to point out his 'gangster vs. kiddy' personas because he needs to understand himself and his issues.
And there are times I WANT to do what I NEED to do because I'm frustrated. Because it feels good to yell at him. Granted, its what NEEDS to be done, but I sometimes find myself doing it out of WANT.
I've had to pray all week for God to replenish my mercifulness.
And, of course, He provides, reminding me the difference between NEEDS and WANTS.
Even when they're the same.
Jesus appears in all his glory to Peter, James, and John. They saw Him as he appears in Heaven, his true form.
-Jesus was sinless because He always sought God's will. Our sin begins when we serve our own.
-Peter was overwhelmed with joy in the presence of the Lord.
-Pursuit of the Spirit of God is not an option as a Christian. His presence is our joy and His honor.
-Develop a holy dissatisfaction with your spiritual. Desire more God in you always.
-Develop a plan to grow towards God. Put forth effort to seek Him, thru study, meditation, etc.
2 Corinthians 3:18
Beholding the glory of God is transforming.
-Faith is not a one time event.
- Jesus pleases God as a reflection of himself. As we are transform to become more like christ, we become more pleasing to the Father.
-In His perfection and righteousness He loves us despite our imperfection and unrighteousness.
-Our joy: His honor
What would it be like if we stepped into His presence completely, forgetting ourselves?
Is God a co-pilot in my life? Or is He the driver?
Matthew 16:24 "If anyone would come after Me let him deny himself..."
-Jesus often speaks of dying to ourselves. This is a false self He speaks of, not our true selves He created us to be.
-Surrender is an internal and external process; lives change inside and out.
-live with a rebellious heart
-live with a divided heart
-live with a surrendered heart
Galatians 2:20 "I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me..."
What part of my heart have I cornered off for myself? Am I willing to surrender it to God?