One of Two
The two most attended services of the year- every year, are Christmas and Easter. Since this is Easter weekend, It might be good to speak of Easter for a couple of minutes.
As you may be aware, Jesus, the promised Messiah, surprised people when He come to earth. His Jewish society expected Him to come as a conquerer to deliver them from the bondage of submission to Rome. But that was not in His plan. Jesus came to earth, not to rule, but to serve. "whoever wants to become great among you must be your servant,44 and whoever wants to be first must be slave of all.45 For even the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many," (Mark 10:43b-45).
If we are to be like Jesus, we mist learn to submit ourselves to one another. We cannot submit to God if we cannot submit to each other. But we will not be able to submit to each other if we have a prevailing spirit of pride. Pride is a feeling of deep pleasure or satisfaction derived from one's own achievements, the achievements of those with whom one is closely associated or from qualities or possessions that are widely admired.
It was pride that drove Satan to try to be equal with God. Jealousy drives pride. But this NOT the will of the Lord for you! He means for Christians to work together to accomplish much for the glory of God.
Recently, I heard a radio ad where the captain of the team said to his team-mates; "Here is the plan, pass the ball to me every time!" That is not what Jesus meant about being submissive. Every member of Christ's body is important- not just the preacher, not just the deacon or elders. Each of us should forget all about pride and recognize the importance of Christ's work on the earth. When we can all work in sync with each other, we can really get some work done for the Lord. We should ask ourselves; What is the mission of the church while on earth, and how can I fit into that mission. What is my part? Ask the Lord to show you how to glorify Him. Wait! He will show you!
Easter has come! Let's just enjoy the knowledge that Jesus overcame death in resurrection on that day we celebrate. Because of Him overcoming death, we will also come back to life in resurrection and live forever in harmony with Him. Let's just be still and see what the Lord will do in our lives and in our church body today.
Easter Blessings to you!