Loyalty and service – CAC Living water devotional
CHRIST APOSTOLIC CHURCH
THE LIVING WATER DAILY DEVOTIONAL GUIDE
Wednesday, September 15, 2021
TOPIC: LOYALTY AND SERVICE
Read Mark 10:35-45
And whoever desires to be first among you, let him be your slave just as the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give His life a ransom for many (Matthew 20:27-28)
The pertinent question that is asked here is, “Who are you rendering service to?” Or, do you feel too big to serve anyone? How can you say you are loyal but not ready to serve? So who are you serving? Loyalty and lack of readiness for service, or disservice, aren’t compatible at all, just like disloyalty can never be part of true and rewardable service. Service and loyalty are best considered and understood in the life and practice of our Lord Jesus Christ – our perfect example. How did He demonstrate true loyalty, and how did He show to us that He is the real Servant?
The world’s perspective of leadership or greatness is “lording it over others.” The greatest among the people becomes their lord-ruler or boss like a taskmaster. Such eats at the expense of others. If there is anyone who tries to question his authority, such would either be incarcerated or eliminated. The kingdom principle of leadership is contrary.
Jesus wants alI his followers to learn His principle, which is God’s principle. The kingdom leadership principle is servant-leadership. He bears the people he is serving on his shoulders, and they rise through him. Therefore, they rise together. God’s own leaders serve the people they are leading, and love them, bearing their interest at heart. lsn’t this what democracy preachers should be, as today commemorates International Day of Democracy? Remember that Jesus washed the feet of His disciples and He commands us to do likewise.
Jesus has eternally been loyal to God and the humanity He came to die for. His loyalty is enshrined in His readiness to do God’s will, no matter the cost. The salvation of man is paramount in His heart, so it is not possible for Him to give up, even in the face of the toughest challenge posed by the devil. You are set up for service. You are wired to be loyal to God, your creator. Don’t allow the world’s standard to pitch you against God’s expectation for you.
- Lord, destroy from me the spirit of pride, self-centredness, and grab-it-all tendency.
- Release unto me Your own gentle and humble Spirit, O Lord.
- Lord, help our young upcoming ministers to be more loyal to You and the leadership of our churches.
EXTRA READING FOR TODAY:
Psa. 145:21 – 150:6; Prov. 1:1 – 1:3; 1 Cor 16:23 – 16:24; 2 Cor 1:1 – 1:20
Author: C.A.C WORLDWIDE