"If we would be great in God's kingdom, learn to be a servant of
The 1960's, 70's and 80's have marked a distinctive 30 years for much of America. In the 60's we were finding our "rights". Authority was dethroned as we strove for peace and love and equality. The 1970's offered a curriculum of "assertiveness training" especially for women and Blacks. We were taught to "stand up for our rights" and "Don't let others push you around!" Manipulative sales and management courses spread like fire as we learned to be concerned for others but only as they furthered our own cause and status. The Hippies of the 60's became the Yuppies of the 80's. The goal was to get to the top--to be in charge--to be the one whom others looked up to.
My 30 years in business as a "worker", a "boss", and now as a self-employed sales representative have kept me in touch first hand with the thoughts and attitudes of my contemporaries. As a Christian it has challenged my thinking to no end. Am I to let others push me around? What if a customer is disrespectful towards me? What about those men who feel all women to be inferior to their own great abilities? Everyone around me seems to be getting more aggressive. Won't I need to become the same to "hold my own"? These and many other questions I have need to answer. But now, I can say confidently that all my experiences have led me to one conclusion:
Day 1- God gives each of us various people in
authority over us. These might include a father, mother, husband, teacher,
manager, policeman, etc. How are we to treat our authorities?
Day 2 -How does our attitude to the authority over
us reflect our attitude toward God?
Day 3 -If you are a Christian who is disrespectful
toward one in authority, whose name is the one really slandered?
1 Timothy 6:1
Day 4 -Paul in this verse encourages Titus to teach the
slaves (servants, employees) not only to be obedient but to go a step beyond
Day 5 -But what if the person over us is harsh and
1 Peter 2:18-21
Society is always pushing us to get bigger, be better, do it faster, work smarter, obtain excellence, etc. There is certainly a place for full development as God's children. But our Father has meant us to find contentment in the place He has put us.
Day 6- Some of us are meant to be
leaders, but many of us are meant to exercise our talents in a given sphere and
so glorify God within that place. Notice in these examples how the servant
himself is ultimately honored.
Proverbs 17:2 / 25:13 / 27:18
Day 7- All over the world men and women are
striving to get for themselves the pleasure and success that God wants to give
Day 8 -As men strive to achieve and do more,
this has led to a growing dissatisfaction.
Ecclesiastes 1:3 / 2:11
Day 9- What does dissatisfaction ultimately
lead to? (vs. 17, 18, 20)
Day 10- We show our discontent with God's
will for us when we struggle to be or do something God hasn't planned for us.
Ecclesiastes 4:4,8 / 6:7
Day 11- What is the gift that God wants
each of us to receive?
Ecclesiastes 2:24 / 3:12-13
Day 12- What should our time and energies be
Isaiah 55:2 John 6:27
Day 13- If our lives are lived for God
alone, then the values of the world and the pressure of society to achieve and
be something will not dictate our lives.
John 4:34 / 17:4 / Acts 20:24
Day 14 -
demands of men will run us ragged. What does God demand?
Exodus 23:25 / Deuteronomy 10:12 / I Chronicles 28:9
Will God's demands ever be too much for us?
Christians in today's world have a very
definite choice to make.
We fall into great bondage when we strive to
be men pleasers and "get ahead". This gets especially complicated the more
people we need to please. What is God's plan for us?
This place of contentment that God has for each of us comes only when we are WHOLEHEARTEDLY using all the talents God has given us. At the same time society is driving us to selfish ambition, there is a great deal of apathy, boredom and laziness. We dare not be lazy with the abilities we are entrusted with.
What does God expect us to do with the
"talents" (gifts, money, abilities, etc.) that He gives us?
What results when we are faithful stewards of
the things God gives to us?
Day 20 -
Some of us feel that God "passed us by" when
He was handing out the "talents". What is the tragedy of so many with this
We may be among those who have "buried" our
God given talents. We may even feel quite humble, thinking, "Well, I don't have
much to offer." If this describes you, then beware!
Selfish ambition is certainly wrong--but NO
ambition to use what God has given us ranks us among what category of people?
When our ambition is Godly rather than selfish,
what is the result?
I Peter 4:11
In the end, the ONLY opinion about you that ultimately matters on YOUR last day is God's. All the people you tried to please along the way will have nothing to say for you.
What is the secret for becoming great
amongst our fellow men?
Day 25 -
Isaiah predicted that Christ would be among the
Day 26 -
Notice in this verse the clear distinction of who
the "world" views as great and who Christ aligns Himself with.
We may want to occupy the executive office and
legislate business from our swivel chair, but where do we find Christ?
Where does He expect to find us?
In fact, what category of people are we to be
Ultimately, what will bring
the wealth, success, honor and happiness that we all desire?
Deuteronomy 5:32 / Proverbs 22:4
The world thinks that the strong,
the rich, the powerful, and the witty will be the ones to "take over". WHO will
"take over" in reality?
Psalm 37:11 / Matthew 5:5
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