TOPIC: FIRST THINGS FIRST
TEXT: Mark 10:35-45
KEY VERSE: “And whosoever of you will be the chiefest, shall be servant of all.” – (Mark 10:44)
Ahead of when the last trumpet shall sound with our Lord gathering us for our final abode in heaven, there are points He expects us to ponder on while we are still here in the world so that we do not lose focus. God does not want us to be like the religious teachers of His time who “omitted the weightier matters of the law, judgment, mercy and faith” (Matthew 23:23).
When two of His disciples approached Him with a request to allow them prominent places in His kingdom, Jesus made them understand “it shall be given to them for whom it is prepared”. Though seeking the Kingdom of heaven is a paramount quest, there are “weightier matters” the believer must also address. How do we relate to each other as members of the body of Christ? Do we lord over the brethren in a master-servant relationship as the men and women of the world do? Or are we like Christ our Lord who “came not to be ministered unto, but to minister, and to give his life a ransom for many”?
The genuine heaven-thirsty believer is urged to live a life of selfless service to others. He is not expected to be consumed by unholy personal ambitions that would cause divisions and ill feelings in the church. While evangelising and waiting for His coming, the Lord does not want us to live in acrimony which the struggle for leadership triggers.
Our seriousness about making heaven will be determined by the importance we attach to Christ’s ‘First-things-First’ principle to shun the rat race philosophy of this world. Heaven has been prepared for only those who obey what the Lord asks us to do as we await His coming. It is not for those who express their loyalty to God through disuniting and contentious quests.
THOUGHT FOR THE DAY: Aim for heaven through humility, service and obedience.
THE BIBLE IN ONE YEAR: Psalm 92-100
Thank you for your time in reading Today’s DCLM Daily Manna 6th September 2021 – First Things First. God bless you!