Phil. 2:4-8, "Look not every man on his own things, but every man also on the things of others. Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus: who, being in the form of God, thought it not robbery to be equal with God: but made Himself of no reputation, and took upon Him the form of a servant, and was made in the likeness of men: and being found in fashion as a man, He humbled Himself, and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross."
Of all things we should be "laboring" for, (Labor Day here in the US), this is one that seems to give the most trouble, to the flesh, in the church, among Gods people. I worked as a helper in a church nursery (preaching service), for several years, because it is always hard to get folks to serve there. One thing I noticed is that with the room full of children, I saw all of the qualities, many grown-ups have. The one talking the loudest, (develops into screaming), wanted the most attention. One could see a lot of 'me', 'mine', mentality, to the point of 'wrestling'. Even as you would share with them how we 'share', and 'think about others', it would last only a short time, and they would just go right back to the old ways. Most have not learned that yet, it is pretty easy to see out there.
Some wanna do all the talking, and get most of the attention. Like the childhood game, 'King of the mountain', yet for the christian, Jesus Christ is that King. We are all His servants, and unworthy ones, at that. It does not take long before one can see all the 'cliques' develop, wherever it is, groups who seem to only want a small crowd in their circle, and ignore the rest. For those who are on the outside it is easy to see, many just can not take these scripture to heart, actually do them, so much of the time, concerning everyone. God is indeed long-suffering.
There are those here, on this site, who are the encouragers, not out to be heard the most, who have seen the worth of these verses, and have taken them to heart, and actually live them. I would like to thank, each one of you, you are the greatest asset to this site, and also to Gods Kingdom. Not out to take the stage, be the one noticed and heard, but doing the greatest part, concerning service, in His Kingdom.
Some get discouraged, and move on, trying to find a welcome place. The numbers are likely staggering, of those who just want a friend, and are not even noticed. Not the notice as in, glad you are here, smile and a hand-shake, and then no more is said. Notice as in, let me get to know you as a dear Brother or Sister, how can we serve you.
Yet again, some of the 'cliques' are nice and friendly, but let others know, in their subtle ways, "We run this around here", or "that". The one who earns small wages is just as important as the one who earns the large one, in Gods Kingdom. Yes, that includes the offering plate. Ouch! One could not count the times that ones status, or importance, are weighed mostly in regards to how much they give. Help me here, where would that be in scripture? Remember the widows mite?
Anyhow, I wanted to write this blog to those who do not care for the attention, you just do the parts no one else will, cause you understand this scripture, better than those who get all the attention, and talk the most. In fact, you do not even want any attention, but to you, Thank You! It is indeed you, who do the most! I, for one, appreciate you. "in lowliness of mind let each esteem other better than themselves." AMEN!
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