Some people like being the boss. People with that mentality can be worrisome – especially in connection to the church.
“But Jesus called them to Himself and said, “You know that the rulers of the Gentiles lord it over them, and those who are great exercise authority over them. Yet it shall not be so among you; but whoever desires to become great among you, let him be your servant.” (Matthew 20:25-26 NKJV)
A boss is not the same thing as a leader. Leaders work with others. Bosses tell others what to do.
Bosses are a part of a hierarchy that never steps back down to the bottom rung of the ladders to help others. They are where they are because they got themselves there. And they thoroughly enjoy it!
The boss mindset won’t work in the church … literally or metaphorically. It may be present, but it exists without the Lord’s approval.
The leader mindset is what it takes: service through example, humility, patience and perseverance. Carrying crosses, giving cups of water, offering words of encouragement and staying loyal to the chief shepherds script is the to-do-list of a leader.
If you like the being boss, you have a problem that can only be solved through the leadership of Jesus.
“And whoever desires to be first among you, let him be your slave—just as the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give His life a ransom for many.”” (Matthew 20:27-28 NKJV)
When it comes to displaying godly behavior, the ways of doing so are numerous. In the latest issue of Gospel Minutes the following point was made after noting Joseph’s willingness to stand-up for his brother Benjamin during his incognito interaction with the rest of his brothers:
This is one of our principle duties as Christians. We are not here to just go through the motions of worship and religious activities. We are here to protect the weak. We must act when we see children abused. We must act when we see domestic abuse. We must act when we see people at risk or in danger of maltreatment and do all we can to protect them. In the process, we may (like Joseph) discover what it is in the hearts of others. In the meantime, we will be rescuing a helpless victim. (Taking Responsibility by David Thurman – Gospel Minutes – Volume 66, No. 16)
The social justice movement abuses the essence of the gospel, but the essence of the gospel comes with the responsibility of societal justice. In other words, we have a responsibility to love our neighbor, and that includes not only doing right ourselves but also helping others when they are wronged. This responsibility can be seen in the lessons of the Good Samaritan, the woman taken in adultery and even in the interaction between Jesus and Simon the Pharisee (not to mention Jesus’ crucifixion and everything that surrounded his injustice).
As Christians, we cannot “fix” the world but we can help others by being a light that reveals the difference between right and wrong.
“But all things that are exposed are made manifest by the light, for whatever makes manifest is light.” (Ephesians 5:13 NKJV)
Sometimes we look for something to pray about. Opportunities and needs abound if we could only identify them. A prayer with a purpose is a prayer with real direction. So here’s a topic that meets all three of these areas. Continue reading
QUESTIONS CONCERNING NEW TESTAMENT CHRISTIANITY
Last week we wrote under the caption “Questions For Christians About The Church.” This week, as a sequel, we write of “Questions Concerning New Testament Christianity.” Continue reading
Here’s a link to the latest PDF issue of the Christian Worker.
Here are the topics that you will find:
- Why Strong Families are Important (Ben Moseley)
- A Solid, Spiritual Foundation (Cody Westbrook)
- How to Create a Distinctly Christian Family (Glenn Colley)
- Husbands, Be Husbands (Jon McCormack)
- Wives, Be Wives (Luanne Rogers)
- Training Our Children (Matthew Gibson)
- Serve the Lord Together (Michael Bonner)
Christian Worker is an edification effort of the Southwest church of Christ in Austin, Texas.
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“By faith Moses, when he became of age, refused to be called the son of Pharaoh’s daughter, choosing rather to suffer affliction with the people of God than to enjoy the passing pleasures of sin, esteeming the reproach of Christ greater riches than the treasures in Egypt; for he looked to the reward.” (Hebrews 11:24-26)
Kick back and relax? Moses could have chosen to kick back and relax with the best of today’s social media celebrities!
Live it up? Moses could have chosen to live it up with the best of today’s children of powerful politicians.
Don’t get distracted with religion? Moses could have chosen to go with the grain and follow his adopted culture’s popular polytheistic ways.
Live for today? Moses could have chosen to see this world as the end all be all when it comes to achievement.
Plain and simple – Moses could have chosen a lot of different things, but he chose a “life for good” over “the good life”, and such is the call that God’s anointed has given us today.
“Do not think that I came to bring peace on earth. I did not come to bring peace but a sword. For I have come to ‘set a man against his father, a daughter against her mother, and a daughter-in-law against her mother-in-law’; and ‘a man’s enemies will be those of his own household.’ He who loves father or mother more than Me is not worthy of Me. And he who loves son or daughter more than Me is not worthy of Me. And he who does not take his cross and follow after Me is not worthy of Me. He who finds his life will lose it, and he who loses his life for My sake will find it.” (Matthew 10:43-39)
Jesus “said to them all, ‘If anyone desires to come after Me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross daily, and follow Me’” (Luke 9:23 NKJV). Jesus taught disciples to pray, “Give us day by day our daily bread.’” (Luke 11:3 NKJV). In His final week before crucifixion, Jesus “was teaching daily in the temple” (Luke 19:47 NKJV). To every creature, Jesus said, “He who believes and is baptized will be saved; but he who does not believe will be condemned” (Mark 16:16 NKJV). Scripture promised, “the Lord added to the church daily those who were being saved” (Acts 2:47 NKJV). Christians followed Jesus because “daily in the temple, and in every house, they did not cease teaching and preaching Jesus as the Christ” (Acts 5:42 NKJV). Obeying Christ gives someone “daily” work–not “gangs,” “drugs,” or “violence!”
This is Johnny Polk, with “Words of Wisdom” brought to you by the Oneida church of Christ.
You may have seen this before, but it was new to me and I thought it was worth passing along.
I read it in the email bulletin sent out by the Wise church of Christ.
AN ATHEIST’S VIEW ON LIFE
I will live my life according to these beliefs
God does not exist.
It is just foolish to think
That there is a God with a cosmic plan
That an all-powerful God brings redemption and healing to the pain and suffering in the world
Is a comforting thought,
Is only wishful thinking.
People can do as they please without eternal consequences.
The idea that
I am deserving of Hell
Because of sin
Is a lie meant to make me a slave to those in power
“The more you have, the happier you will be.”
Our existence has no grand meaning or purpose
In a world with no God
There is freedom to be who I want to be
But with God
Everything is fine.
It is ridiculous to think
I am lost and in need of saving
A CHRISTIAN’S VIEW ON LIFE
(reread from bottom to top)
The pieces are pretty much in place. With SCOTUS’ approval today of homosexual marriage, however, the process is nearly complete. Worship in your places of worship, but outside your buildings, keep your voices quiet. The USA no longer has a place for Christians. The threat, not taken seriously when it was made, has been fulfilled, to “fundamentally transform” the United States. Continue reading
Here is a very simple yet very well written article comparing and contrasting what the Koran teaches about Jesus with what the Bible teaches about him:
Muhammad or Jesus?
by Dave Miller, Ph.D.
Muhammad: “Those who say: Allah hath chosen a son…speak nothing but a lie” (Surah 18:4-5).
Jesus (through John): “Who is a liar but he who denies that Jesus is the Christ?… Whoever denies the Son does not have the Father either” (1 John 2:22-23). Read >>
Tim Hall makes a spiritual application of the UN World Food Day commemorated today. http://eepurl.com/5W5sb
Since 1945, October 16 has been celebrated as “World Food Day” (established by the United Nations) to draw attention to the needs of people throughout the world. It’s hard for many of us to understand chronic hunger. But occasions like this at least make me pause and try to understand.
Imagine this hypothetical scenario: people starving, even though food is within their reach. They simply refuse to eat what is before them! Would that not be a tragedy?
Tim encourages us, among other things, to “develop healthy habits.” Read this good meditation at the above link.
A new lesson has been placed in the Old Paths Archive, in text and audio, and in Dutch and English.
Let us pursue the knowledge of God
Laten wij ernaar jagen God te kennen
May the Lord bless you richly.