Tuesday, April 15, 2008

Which Kingdom do you belong to?

In my quiet time today, I was reading in Luke chapter 22 and 23 and I came across a word that confused me. Thank God for tools to help us understand. The Disciples were arguing among themselves as to which of them should be considered the greatest. Must have been Baptist! Can you imagine, grown men, trying to think of themselves as the greatest in the Kingdom. In fact, I'm certain that if the real truth be known, some of them were thinking that perhaps they were greater than Christ Himself. Yes I can imagine right now that your thinking, How could they? Yet, if the truth be known, most of us at some time think we are greater than Christ. You ask, How do we do that? Easy when we think we know more than Christ, when we are disobedient to Christ, When Christ says yes or no and we say the opposite. Hear what Jesus has to say about this argument that the disciples were having. In vs 25 And He said to them, "The kings of the Gentiles exercise lordship over them, and those who exercise authority over them are called "Benefactors." That's the word that confused me until I read what it meant. Thought I knew, but apparently I didn't. A benefactor is an honorary title bestowed on kings or other prominent people for some meritorious acheivement or public service. The title in Greek is Euergetes and was held by some of the Hellenistic kings of Egypt. Wow! It's obvious that the disciples didn't understand this term either. They wanted to be the greatest, the over acheiver, the one in authority and over all others. In fact, one would not earn the title of "benefactor" from service rendered in the kingdom of God. In contrast to the conspicuous work needed to earn the title "benefactor", the members of the kingdom are to devote themselves to humble, obscure, and perhaps menial service. Guess that busted some bubbles that day. You mean that we got to serve rather than being served? You mean we are servants rather than kings? Jesus said, "But not so among you" If you want to be greatest, then be the least, don't aspire to be a king, but be a servant. why? Because Jesus saw Himself as one who serves. He came to seek and to save all that was lost. We cannot continue to think the way the world thinks and come close to where Jesus is. Ask yourself? Do I want to be a benefactor or a servant?


BethAnne said...

I thought benefactor meant someone who inherits something....

I guess you did write the Webster's dictionary after all......can you notify all the kids in my 1st grade class that made fun of me when I told them my dad wrote the dictionary under the pen name Webster?

Mommyluann said...

Bethanne told us in Bible Study that she claimed you wrote the dictionary!!! I enjoyed your blog post. Insighful and though provoking. Blessings!

alliekat said...

At last! I told her and told her you wrote the Websters dictionary but she didn't believe me!

Well this will be a surprise...I have only read my families blogs over the past few weeks but never commented.

Your blog touches on a subject that we discussed in our Bible study in Sunday School this morning. Pride was our discussion today. It is an offense not only to other people but to God. Most of the time it is characterized by causing us to be independent of God instead of us being dependent on God. Pride was really at the heart of the original sin in the Garden of Eden.

When I really thought about pride and the many ways it appears in our lives, aren't we all prideful?
And for what? We are fooled into thinking that we work for the material "things" that we have and we deserve them because we work so hard. When we realize that we only "have" because of God, doesn't that put things in a different perspective?

Is there a limit on comments??? This is a subject that could go on for pages. I will leave you with one last thought.....William Law wrote "Pride must die in you or nothing of heaven can live in you...Look not at pride only as an unbecoming temper, nor at humility only as a decent virtue...One is all hell and the other all heaven."

The other daughter (your favorite),