“But he that is greatest among you shall be your servant. And whosoever shall exalt himself shall be abased; and he that shall humble himself shall be exalted.
But woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye shut up the kingdom of heaven against men: for ye neither go in yourselves, neither suffer ye them that are entering to go in,” Matthew 23:11-13.
Everything in The Kingdom of God is opposite from the world’s viewpoints and standards.
Those who have become great in the world’s eyes have climbed the social ladder, and have become CEO’s of major corporations and have acquired much in the way of financial resources as well as a greater threshold of renown and notoriety.
However, The Kingdom of God is totally opposite of the world’s standards. For to be great in the eyes of God is to become a servant to others.
For true leadership takes into account the needs of others, and extends compassion to those who have become forsaken and in need of hope. For one must also learn the arduous task of dying to their self.
For in the words of Jesus:
“Verily, verily I say unto you, unless a grain of wheat fall into the ground and die, it abideth alone; but if it die, it bringeth forth much fruit. He who loves his life loses it, and he who hates his life in this world will keep it to life eternal. If anyone serves Me, he must follow Me; and where I am, there My servant will be also; if anyone serves Me, the Father will honor him,” John 12:24-26.
When God has called you up higher in Him there are many things that you can expect. You can expect to have a greater responsibility in what He has called you to do.
For you will be tested to prove your worthiness for the things of His Kingdom, and there will also come times when the enemy will come to attempt to thwart you from what God has called you to do.
For when we speak of the very things of God then the time comes for us to go through those very things that we then speak of.
It is not just a spiritual or philosophical argument that one would propose, but rather it is the very working in and through ourselves in showing forth the work of God in us.
For we are the very containers that would exhibit those things of God unto the world around us. Of what good would it be for one to just speak of those things that are true without first experiencing it in themselves?
“Persecuted, but not forsaken; cast down, but not destroyed; always bearing about in the body the dying of The LORD Jesus, that the life also of Jesus might be made manifest in our body. For we which live are always delivered unto death for Jesus’ sake, that the life also of Jesus might be made manifest in our mortal flesh,” 2 Corinthians 4:9-11.
For were not the very Disciples of Christ tested in many ways?
Did not the prophets of old go through severe trials and persecutions in their lives?
No, all of these and more were called upon to exhibit the very things that they spoke and demonstrated, and so we also must do so.
~ Stephen Hanson
Stephen Hanson of In His Truth Ministries came to the LORD is a special way in 1975 and has prophesied regularly since. In these end-time birthing pangs we are reminded that judgment must first begin with the household of God. Will we be prepared and ready?