The greatest door leading into the Kingdom is discovering the secret of being little!
Jesus made it so abundantly clear. He never wanted for us to misunderstand our position in Him.
He had experienced first hand as a man what happens when the devil recognises God’s destiny upon the life of a God called human being.
He had been visited just in the same way that the devil comes to visit everyone God calls to service in His Kingdom — with an offer to greatness!
You see, when Satan asked Him to bow to him and to worship him just once, he was asking for no more than for Jesus to accept the offer, because in accepting it, He would be bowing to Satan!
This was what Satan was all about! Fame, power, the honour of men, wealth, status, position, being hailed!
How many times do precious servants of God fall into this trap of accepting the praise of men, of allowing men to lift them up and to crown them?
How many times are ministries sought that will allow them to be seen and celebrated?
That would give them the false promise of ‘greatness’ among men!
Jesus warned us, because He knew Satan would come around sooner or later, causing us to see the possibility of becoming great and celebrated and what it would mean to us in our personal capacity as far as being celebrated among people is concerned.
He told us:
Not to fall for it!
Not seek it!
That God seeks and uses the opposite kind of people!
That He uses the weak, the broken, the humble, the unknown, and
That He uses them in such a way as to hide them from being seen, so that He may work His Own works in and through them.
Is the servant greater than his Master?
Why would we then seek to have any part in sharing in what our Master alone can accomplish?
Why would we want to pride ourselves as the ‘chosen ones’, rather than just being there to serve the One Whom it is all about?.
In the end, God has called us as being no more than a pale canvas upon whom Jesus may be painted in fine colour and in detail, for all the world to come to see Him for all that He is.
For Him to be admired, praised and loved. We were never to be seen or celebrated, we were to be no more than that plain canvas whereupon the Father could portray His Son.
Let us not fall victim to Satan’s strategy. Pride can never serve God. Being great makes God look small. Being seen and celebrated hides God behind us.
Jesus said for us to be servants above all, to be the least among each other esteeming (honouring) others above ourselves, to seek God’s glory above all — and in doing so, to become first in the Kingdom, while many others will be last, who were celebrated as being first here on earth.
You can choose greatness on earth. Or you may choose greatness in Heaven. You cannot have both. They are an oxymoron — two opposites impossible to marry.
They represent two entities opposed to another that can never be joined together. They serve two kingdoms with two end destinations.
One represents the Kingdom of God and His accomplished work in us. The other represents Satan, his pride and his mirage of false and short lived lies of obtaining glory in a world that is already busy fading away.
~ Johann van der Hoven
Johann van der Hoven has been in service of the Lord since 1991 and has hosted numerous mass revival meetings in South Africa and abroad and is a published author. He is the visionary of Fellowship of the Believers, host to “Eagle Food” Apostolic & Prophetic Seminars, and currently pioneers “Deeper Life” Revival School International, from South Africa where he resides. For more info visit www.revival.co.za