“But Jesus called them unto him, and said, Ye know that the princes of the Gentiles exercise dominion over them, and they that are great exercise authority upon them. But it shall not be so among you: but whosoever will be great among you, let him be your minister; And whosoever will be chief among you, let him be your servant: Even as the Son of man came not to be ministered unto, but to minister, and to give his life a ransom for many.” (Matthew 20:25-28)
Good morning. Jesus said, in the above passage, “…and whosoever will be chief among you, let him be your servant: even as the Son of man came not to be ministered unto, but to minister, and to give his life a ransom for many.” Jesus, God Almighty in flesh, came to earth to minister to us. He is our example, and we should be striving to emulate Him. God the Son submitted Himself to God the Father’s will. This is what Jesus said about the Father’s will…
“All that the Father giveth me shall come to me; and him that cometh to me I will in no wise cast out. For I came down from heaven, not to do mine own will, but the will of him that sent me. And this is the Father’s will which hath sent me, that of all which he hath given me I should lose nothing, but should raise it up again at the last day. And this is the will of him that sent me, that every one which seeth the Son, and believeth on him, may have everlasting life: and I will raise him up at the last day.” (John 6:37-40)
If you are looking for the will of God for your life, to start, be a servant: a minister for the Lord. As a student, be a servant to your Sunday School teacher. As a Sunday School teacher, be a servant to your students and the Sunday School Director. Director of whatever ministries the Lord has entrusted you with, deacons, assistant pastors; be a servant to those given to your charge and your pastor. As a pastor, be a servant to all those who the Lord has given you. If we all do this we will be ministering to our Lord Jesus Christ. And if God Almighty could wash the feet of men, why can’t we do the same?
“Jesus knowing that the Father had given all things into his hands, and that he was come from God, and went to God; He riseth from supper, and laid aside his garments; and took a towel, and girded himself. After that he poureth water into a bason, and began to wash the disciples’ feet, and to wipe them with the towel wherewith he was girded. Then cometh he to Simon Peter: and Peter saith unto him, Lord, dost thou wash my feet? Jesus answered and said unto him, What I do thou knowest not now; but thou shalt know hereafter. Peter saith unto him, Thou shalt never wash my feet. Jesus answered him, If I wash thee not, thou hast no part with me. Simon Peter saith unto him, Lord, not my feet only, but also my hands and my head. Jesus saith to him, He that is washed needeth not save to wash his feet, but is clean every whit: and ye are clean, but not all. For he knew who should betray him; therefore said he, Ye are not all clean. So after he had washed their feet, and had taken his garments, and was set down again, he said unto them, Know ye what I have done to you? Ye call me Master and Lord: and ye say well; for so I am. If I then, your Lord and Master, have washed your feet; ye also ought to wash one another’s feet. For I have given you an example, that ye should do as I have done to you. Verily, verily, I say unto you, The servant is not greater than his lord; neither he that is sent greater than he that sent him. If ye know these things, happy are ye if ye do them.”(John 13:3-17)
What is your attitude towards your sister or brother in Christ? The Greek word for minister is the root word: Diakonos. This is the same word we get deacon from. A minister is one who executes the commands of another, especially of a master. If we as Christians were more like Jesus, maybe the world would want to receive Him too, and stop chasing after false gods and religions like Islam, Buddhists, Secular Humanism, Baal, and any other false god you can think of.
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