by Steve Cohen
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It happens to everyone...yes, everyone...even you.
You accept Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior and all of the "spiritual giants" around you try to nurture you by displaying their achievements in Christ; urging you on to do the same. Each one is all sugary "nice" with huge smiles and so called "spiritual hugs", yet inwardly they only think about themselves.
They show you their thrones all decorated with elaborate designs and self-made 'gems' hoping...pleading...silently praying that you will do the same and emulate what they have done.
"God has called you to a specific work", they say, "You need to pray to find out what work He has called you to."
You look around and all you see are thrones...flashy, flashy, flashy thrones...and you think:
'I got to get myself one of those'!
So you pray the best you can and you seek the Lord...and then...WOW!
"I've got it", you exclaim out loud.
You go and share this with your new Pastor and all of the "spiritual giants" who have been sugary nice to you since you came to Christ; they listen and smile and say,"That's nice. God Bless you."
Then calamity strikes. Like an enormous wave from a tropical storm your entire world is turned upside down. You "spin about" frantically crying out to God, "I thought you loved me. Don't you care? Help me."
You feel so alone, so dejected, so "out-of'-control".
You rush to your new Pastor again and share your calamity with him/her...and what you hear is even worse!
"Let's pray," they say.
"But I have already done that", you think quietly. "I need help.'
You leave the pastor's study and walk outside angry and frustrated. The Devil comes and whispers in your ear, "See, I told you. God doesn't love you. All those "spiritual giants" care about is themselves. All they want you to do is give them money even if you do not have any to give. They want your money so they can feel important and in control."
The tragedy of Spiritual Competition. So many have left the blessings of Jesus Christ, because of the disappointment they felt from God; not necessarily from God directly, but from the people you believed God would work through to answer your need. Others left the embrace of God's love because nobody seemed to care or appeared interested in the work of God you believed God had called you to.
The Bible says:
Then the mother of Zebedee's sons came to Jesus with her two sons. She bowed down in front of him to ask him for a favor. "What do you want?" he asked her. She said to him, "Promise that one of my sons will sit at your right and the other at your left in your kingdom." Jesus replied, "You don't realize what you're asking. Can you drink the cup that I'm going to drink?" "We can," they told him. Jesus said to them, "You will drink my cup. But I don't have the authority to grant you a seat at my right or left. My Father has already prepared these positions for certain people." When the other ten apostles heard about this, they were irritated with the two brothers. Jesus called the apostles and said, "You know that the rulers of nations have absolute power over people and their officials have absolute authority over people. But that's not the way it's going to be among you. Whoever wants to become great among you will be your servant. Whoever wants to be most important among you will be your slave. It's the same way with the Son of Man. He didn't come so that others could serve him. He came to serve and to give his life as a ransom for many people."
And again this story is shared:
One day Jesus and his disciples got into a boat. He said to them, "Let's cross to the other side of the lake." So they started out. As they were sailing along, Jesus fell asleep. A violent storm came across the lake. The boat was taking on water, and they were in danger. They went to him, woke him up, and said, "Master! Master! We're going to die!" Then he got up and ordered the wind and the waves to stop. The wind stopped, and the sea became calm. He asked them, "Where is your faith?" Frightened and amazed, they asked each other, "Who is this man? He gives orders to the wind and the water, and they obey him!"
The main point is this:
But that's not the way it's going to be among you. Whoever wants to become great among you will be your servant. Whoever wants to be most important among you will be your slave. It's the same way with the Son of Man. He didn't come so that others could serve him. He came to serve and to give his life as a ransom for many people."
Spiritual Competition only brings discouragement and partitions. Do not follow after this. Instead, give your life to Jesus Christ and loose your life in Him. Your man-made throne is corrupt and moth eaten and ugly in the site of God. Wait until Eternity to receive your crown; set your heart on your Eternal Reward, not the rewards of this world.
New born-again 'babes in Christ' are depending on your meekness and genuine love to guide them to maturity in Christ. They need you to be interested in them, not yourselves. They're not interested in your flashy thrones or phoney displays of "spirituality". Don't be spiritually "stuck-up" or "snobbish" or thinking you are too important to help even the 'babies' in Christ. Help them as you wish them to help you. You wont be "lowering yourself", but instead sharing the rue Salvation of Jesus Christ.
A song by David for going up to worship:
See how good and pleasant it is when brothers and sisters live together in harmony! It is like fine, scented oil on the head, running down the beard-down Aaron's beard- running over the collar of his robes. It is like dew on Mount Hermon, dew which comes down on Zion's mountains. That is where the LORD promised the blessing of eternal life.
Steve J. Cohen
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