Topic: Not A Tea Party
[DCLM Daily Manna 14th August 2018 Daily Devotional]
Text: MARK 10:35-45 (KJV)
Key Verse: “And whosoever of you will be the chiefest, shall be servant of all” (Mark 10:44).
Jesus Christ launched into a foundational teaching on heaven-approved leadership when James and John asked Him to give them key positions of authority in His coming Kingdom. It was a carnal request based on the misguided assumption that Christ’s reign will be similar to what characterised worldly standards.
On the contrary, Jesus’ Kingdom was not of such base character. His was spiritual, to be peopled by converted souls He had died for. He would not force them to serve Him. Rather, they will serve Him willingly in gratitude for leaving His heavenly abode to redeem them. Leadership in His Kingdom would be patterned after His own style which entails leading by service, not by forced obedience as the world practises.
The request of the Zebedee brothers also caused disaffection among the other ten apostles. Our ever-patient Lord rose to douse the tension by gently rebuking the position-seeking disciples, admonishing them that among His followers, there should be no lords who demand carnal submission from others.
As Christians, we must demonstrate this humble spirit everywhere we found ourselves. We must display a spirit of readiness to serve in meekness and in honour to God. We must exhibit a servanthood disposition that reveals the Spirit of Christ in us. Where leadership is thrust on us, we must humbly discharge our duties as co-workers and partners. We must be seen in the forefront of the work.
Thought For The Day: A true leader leads by precept and force of character.
Bible Reading In One Year: Jeremiah 26-29