Devotion for September 7, 2017

'True Superheroes'

Matthew 20:26
But among you it will be different. Whoever wants to be a leader among you must be your servant...
Matthew 23:11
The greatest among you must be a servant.
Matthew 24:4-46
“A faithful, sensible servant is one to whom the master can give the responsibility of managing his other household servants and feeding them. If the master returns and finds that the servant has done a good job, there will be a reward.
John 12:26
Anyone who wants to serve Me must follow Me, because My servants must be where I am. And the Father will honor anyone who serves Me.
2 Timothy 2:24
servant of the Lord must not quarrel but must be kind to everyone, be able to teach, and be patient with difficult people.
In today's day of glorifying “superheros” who engage in muscle-flexing activities while taking down bad guys, sometimes it's hard to remember what a real hero is: the humble servant. We don't see much glorification of the “humble servant” these days, so it's a good thing we Believers have Jesus as the perfect example...
Though He was God,
He did not think of equality with God
as something to cling to.
Instead, He gave up His divine privileges;
He took the humble position of a slave
and was born as a human being.
When He appeared in human form,
He humbled himself in obedience to God
and died a criminal’s death on a cross.
Therefore, God elevated Him to the place of highest honor
and gave Him the name above all other names,
that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow,
in heaven and on earth and under the earth,
and every tongue declare that Jesus Christ is Lord,
to the glory of God the Father. (Philippians 2:6-11)
As you go about your day, beloved, remember that “we are not called to be super-apostles or even super-Christians. We are called to the way of service, and this begins when our hearts align with the heart of Jesus. When that happens, the world will be transformed—not by force, domineering power, or flexed muscles, but as ordinary Christians extend the love, grace, and presence of Jesus with humble and authentic hearts” (John Ortberg).

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