“Do you realize that the hand of the one who is betraying me is at this moment on this table? It’s true that the Son of Man is going down a path already marked out—no surprises there. But for the one who turns him in, turns traitor to the Son of Man, this is doomsday.” They immediately became suspicious of each other and began quizzing one another, wondering who might be about to do this. Within minutes they were bickering over who of them would end up the greatest. (Luke 22:21-24MSG)
One goal that should be paramount for us as believers this year is ‘to overcome the carnal mindset’. To be able to live in the world yet not be influenced by the way things are done in the world.
The scripture records that within minutes of hearing that Jesus was headed for the cross to die for their sins, his inner circle of followers had begun to bicker about who was going to be he greatest after the master had been crucified; kinda like kids arguing over who should get what, as their father lay dying right there.
It’s not unlikely that you have set some lofty goals for the year and may even have a car sticker that loudly proclaims that 2013 is your ‘Year of Rapid Advancement’ or some other slogan. This is all well and good for the life of the just is like a shining light that increasingly shines till it reaches fullness. What is critical however is to note that the rules for greatness in the kingdom we represent are very different from those in the world that we live in. God typically chooses the foolish things to confound the wise.
In the words of Jesus….
… “Kings like to throw their weight around and people in authority like to give themselves fancy titles. It’s not going to be that way with you. Let the senior among you become like the junior; let the leader act the part of the servant. (Luke 22:25-26 MSG)