I’m a prideful creature who can easily lose sight of God’s purpose. While we observe our life through the sin-stained lens of a microscope thinking we see the whole picture, God has a bird’s eye view of the puzzle we call our lives, knowing exactly where each piece fits and what the end result is supposed to look like. Pride infects our view, envy creeps in, and we miss the opportunity to fulfill the purpose God has woven us for. Our lifetime is a work of God’s hands molding and shaping us, preparing us for seasons we haven’t begun to experience yet, and to fulfill plans we don’t have an inkling of. As believers, we must be faithful watchmen, ensuring we act as good witnesses to the testimony of God’s transforming presence in our lives. Like Jesus, we are not here to be served, but to serve. We are not serving aimlessly, but for a purpose. We are not serving for ourselves, but for others and so that God, himself, may be glorified. Satan uses our pride against us at every opportunity. God wants us to humbly seek to do His will today. We cannot dwell in the past or fret about the future. Our focus is now. When we wake, we pray that God would use us for his purpose today and that we would be faithful servants carrying out that work. Satan tries to use our natural inclination to compare against us, so that pride will cause us to stumble and fall. We must be careful not to take the Devil’s bait and get snookered into failing to fulfill our God-given purpose by letting pride get in our way.
Then the mother of the sons of Zebedee came up to him with her sons, and kneeling before him she asked him for something. And he said to her, “What do you want?” She said to him, “Say that these two sons of mine are to sit, one at your right hand and one at your left, in your kingdom.” Jesus answered, “You do not know what you are asking. Are you able to drink the cup that I am to drink?” They said to him, “We are able.” He said to them, “You will drink my cup, but to sit at my right hand and at my left is not mine to grant, but it is for those for whom it has been prepared by my Father.” And when the ten heard it, they were indignant at the two brothers. But Jesus called them to him and said, “You know that the rulers of the Gentiles lord it over them, and their great ones exercise authority over them. It shall not be so among you. But whoever would be great among you must be your servant, and whoever would be first among you must be your slave, even as the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.” Matthew 20:20-28
“His master said to him, ‘Well done, good and faithful servant. You have been faithful over a little; I will set you over much. Enter into the joy of your master.” Matthew 25:21