WEDNESDAY 7TH SEPT.,2016
TOPIC: FOCUS ON SERVICE, NOT PROMOTION
TEXT: PROV. 25:6 “Do not exalt yourself in the presence of the king, And do not stand in the place of the great…”
Aspiring to leadership is commendable. Paul said, ‘….1f someone aspires to be an elder, he desires an honourable position’ (1Timothy
3:1). There’s a huge difference between stepping forward to take on the responsibility of leadership, and stepping forward to project yourself into the limelight. Someone said, ‘If you can’t stand the heat stay out of the kitchen.’ The question isn’t whether you enjoy being the focus of attention, but whether you can take the heat that goes along with it. For every person who acknowledges your skills and appreciates your accomplishments, there would be ten persons who make demands on your time, talent and treasure.
Consider Barnabas in this illustration. When the Gospel was first preached to the Gentiles, church leaders in Jerusalem sent Barnabas to
check it out. ‘When he came and had seen the grace of God, he was glad, and encouraged them all that with purpose of heart they should continue with the Lord. For he was a good man, full of the Holy Spirit and…faith. And a great many people were added to the Lord’ (Acts 11:23-24 NKJV). Barnabas had three sterling qualities:
1) He had nothing to prove. He never sought the limelight. When he mentored Paul, he happily let the emerging Apostle rise above him, supporting him every step of the way.
2) He had nothing to lose. He didn’t seek to guard his reputation or fear losing his popularity. He wanted to
serve, not be served.
3) He had nothing to hide. He didn’t try to maintain a facade or image. He remained authentic, vulnerable and transparent and, best of all, he rejoiced in the success of others.
MEDITATION: Mark 9:35
STUDY THE BIBLE
JN 12:27-50; 2 CHR. 16&17;PS 78:1-20