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His presence is all that matters

Then they began to argue among themselves about who would be the greatest among them. Jesus told them, “In this world the kings and great men lord it over their people, yet they are called ‘friends of the people.’ But among you it will be different. Those who are the greatest among you should take the lowest rank, and the leader should be like a servant. Who is more important, the one who sits at the table or the one who serves? The one who sits at the table, of course. But not here! For I am among you as one who serves. Luke 22:24-27

It seemed that that the world views success as the ability to lord over others. The ones who could command submission to others without regard on people’s feelings are viewed as successful. From the text, our Lord Jesus described such attitude is not of God. They might gain the friendship of the world but not God. God looked at the heart and see if the motive is serving. He challenges people’s perception of success and provided an example of how it should look like in the Kingdom of God. It is not the amount of abilities or qualifications a person have that God uses in His Kingdom. There is no amount of preparation that makes a person qualified to serve God. Once this becomes the priority in serving God, the ministry done is no longer to glorify God but to exalt oneself. When Jeremiah was called by God, he insisted that he is not qualified because of the lack of experience. He did not realize that God uses those that are willing to be dependent on God for knowledge and strength. All God wants from those who want to serve is willingness to obey and follow God. “O Sovereign Lord,” I said, “I can’t speak for you! I’m too young!” The Lord replied, “Don’t say, ‘I’m too young,’ for you must go wherever I send you and say whatever I tell you. And don’t be afraid of the people, for I will be with you and will protect you. I, the Lord, have spoken!” (Jeremiah 1:6-8). What God told Jeremiah provides a strong encouragement to those that want to serve. They are not concerned about how they will measure up to the people around them but all that matter is the promise of God’s presence, “I will be with you.” What concerns a child of God is not how people will respond but if God is magnified. God gave you spiritual gifts that you can use to serve Him wherever He sends you. Lack of experience or qualification will not be enough to cause you not to serve God. All He wants from you is to trust that He will be with you as you serve Him. Your limitation will become an opportunity for God to show His power through you. “ now I am glad to boast about my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ can work through me” (2 Corinthians 12:10).


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