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Luke 9:46-50

So the disciples are arguing back and forth about who is the greatest and Jesus responds with these words: "he who is least among you all is the one who is great" (vs. 48). Ouch! Talk about convicting.

So how do we guard against slipping into the mindset that what we're doing for Christ somehow makes us special or better than someone else? What are some things you do to keep your focus on being a servant of Christ? Tami W.

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1. Reality checks. When a person is gifted and looked up to, it is very challenging to not think more highly of yourself than you ought. 2. Humbling oneself through prayer and on purpose elevating Christ and others. ( To think more highly of others than self is not a natural tendency, it is a developed mind set and evidence of spiritual maturing.) When we realize promoting others in the kingdom is THE way to living a joy filled life and put actions behind that knowledge, we can testify that the joy of the Lord is our strength. The familiar saying, J O Y Jesus 1st others 2nd and you last is the key to living a fulfilled life.

This is one of theose verses where "The Message" may do a better job in getting the idea across, especially to those who are more recently starting their walk whith Christ.
MSG: They started arguing over which of them would be most famous. When Jesus realized how much this mattered to them, he brought a child to his side. "Whoever accepts this child as if the child were me, accepts me," he said. "And whoever accepts me, accepts the One who sent me. You become great by accepting, not asserting. Your spirit, not your size, makes the difference."
Your spirit, the reason why you do what you do is what is of importance not so much what you do or how you do it. Although what you do and how you do it will follow the spirit of what you do.

Again, guarding against the prideful mindset, to me, comes down to proper spiritual perspective--realizing just how great God is, and, by comparison, just how low we really area.

The truth of "one body with many parts and functions" really is true and accurate. No service done for the kingdom is unnecessary and discardable. We all work toward a common goal of glorifying God, and all of our functions are needed and valuable.

I can say in my own life that when things got going great I tended to back slide bad and then the bottom fell out. I'm in a period of lean right now and really spend more time with the Lord and find much peace in it. Now I'm totally dependent on him and he provides and even now I'm still in awe of what he has done and will do.

We all need to guard against the prideful mindset. It's so easy to slip into when we think we know the answer. We need to listen to others, let the Holy Spirit work in them, recommend verses to read if they are unsure or have a false idea. Keep communication open with them. Remind others and ourselves that we are ALL sinners saved by grace, not works. Dale, I had never heard the familiar saying J O Y. Thanks, I like it alot!!

Praying Always and stay humble. Praising God continuously.

Putting it into perspective, Jesus, very God of very God, in the flesh came and served us, in all humility. We think we're better than Him?
Our pride is ever our downfall. It's what allowed Eve to desire to be like God, knowing Good and evil. And Adam, who was with her,was supposed to be her Spiritual leader, wanted her to have her desires, more than to follow the advice from the One true God and tell her NO.
She would still have her choice, but he didn't witness Gods Word to her in the time of her greatest need.
Love us He does. Each and all. Including the dregs of society, the destitute, decrepit, depraved.....all.
Our American dream of a house is a farce. This isn't home. All this will melt away with a fervent heat. Focus on telling, in Love, Christ and Him crucified and resurrected!

Grace and Peace

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