A Self-Seeking Spirit (5)

A Self-Seeking Spirit (5)

“A dispute arose among them as to which of them would be greatest.” Lk 9:46 NKJV

The Bible says: “Then a dispute arose among them as to which of them would be greatest. And Jesus, perceiving the thought of their heart, took a little child and set him by Him, and said to them, ‘Whoever receives this little child in My name receives Me; and whoever receives Me receives Him who sent Me. For he who is least among you all will be great’” (vv. 46-48 NKJV). What’s at work in this story? A self-seeking spirit. As long as your motive for serving is to make yourself look good, you’ll never enjoy God’s approval. And His “Well done” is the only thing that counts. The ability to serve behind the scenes, and do it with joy, comes from the knowledge that ultimately your service will be recognized and rewarded by the only One whose opinion counts. Why did Jesus feature a child that day? For three reasons: (1) A child is teachable. When you’re done learning, you’re done! When you can’t be told, God will have nothing more to tell you. “The heart of the discerning acquires knowledge; the ears of the wise seek it out” (Pr 18:15 NIV). (2) A child is trusting. When you promise a child something they believe you, act on it, and expect it to be so. “It is better to trust in the Lord than to put confidence in man” (Ps 118:8 NKJV). (3) A child is tenderhearted. “Finally, all of you be…tenderhearted” (1Pe 3:8 NKJV). The Holy Spirit is symbolized in Scripture as a gentle dove, so keep your heart tender and receptive to His dealings.

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1. Raven wrote:
Hi Denise, I'm sorry to hear about your friend. God does hear the pryears of His people, but He is not obligated to answer them the way we want Him to. There are times when He does heal miraculously, and there are times people are able to be cured through medicine, but there are other times where He chooses not to heal. We may want to know why this is the case, but God is not obligated to tell us. He's God and we're not. Even His faithful servant Job, who suffered terrible loss, didn't have a right to demand an answer from God. The truth is that we are all sinful and deserve His wrath, but thankfully, He sent His Son to die in our place on the Cross. We will still face death, but believers do not need to fear it, because Christ has paid our debt, and we will immediately be ushered into God's presence and never suffer again.There are times when it may seem like He is far away, but James 4:8 tells us when we draw near to God He will draw near to us. As someone who has gone through a cancer battle, I can sympathize to some degree. I had a few close calls during my battle, but I was ready to go home to be with the Lord too, so I had peace. I didn't want leukemia, and I don't want it to come back, but I wouldn't trade it. Even when He doesn't choose to heal, God can give peace and comfort in the toughest of situations. Remember, He created a perfect world with no death, disease, or suffering, but it was our sin that brought all of that into this world. So when tragedy strikes, we need to remember that ultimately it is our fault and not God's. I hope this helps. Keep praying for your friend and drawing near to God. He will always be faithful.

Wed, October 16, 2013 @ 10:25 AM

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