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Beware of worldly ambition and pride!

Scripture reading for January 28th:  Matthew 20

Key Scriptures for over-comers:  Matthew 20:25-28  “Jesus called them together and said, “You know that the rulers of the Gentiles lord it over them, and their high officials exercise authority over them.  Not so with you. Instead, whoever wants to become great among you must be your servant, and whoever wants to be first must be your slave–just as the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give His life as a ransom for many.”

Some of the first disciples had a desire for a position of glory in Christ’s kingdom.  They were thinking in worldly terms that position means power.  They wanted to be in charge and have control.  However, Jesus explained that greatness had a real cost–drinking from the cup that He would drink from!  This cup meant enduring suffering and eventual death for God’s purposes to be fulfilled.

Those who aspired to greatness were not condemned but admonished concerning the cost!   Jesus set an example for His followers then and now.  He was a servant-leader who set an example of serving.  He ultimately laid down His life for His own followers that they might have what they needed for eternal life.  Followers must also have a servant’s heart and be willing to sacrifice even their own lives for the cause of the kingdom of heaven.  The proud in heart will never be exalted!

Observation for over-comers:  It is not wrong to strive to be great in God’s kingdom but we must also count the cost and be wary of pride!  Jesus is our example of real greatness–He alone sits on the throne of God!  “Do not exalt yourself in the king’s presence, and do not claim a place among great men; it is better for him to say, “Come up here,” than for him to humiliate you before a nobleman.”  (Proverbs 25:6-7)

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