20 August 2020 Lorders Love to Lord
Luke 22:25-26 NLT
Jesus told them, “In this world the kings and great men lord it over their people, yet they are called ‘friends of the people.’ But among you it will be different. Those who are the greatest among you should take the lowest rank, and the leader should be like a servant.
Last night at church, Rob was teaching about the Rich Man and the poor man, Lazarus, from Luke 16. You can listen to the whole message here, but one thing Rob pointed out was that even from “the place of torment,” the rich man was still trying to call all the shots. He tells Abraham what he should make Lazarus do while he was in no position to bark out orders to anyone. (See Luke 16:24 &27) Why is that? Because people who love to lord over others love to lord over others.
Rob also said, “People who love to control others have no self-control.” So true. They may seem put together, but it’s an illusion. Self-control is a product of the Holy Spirit working in someone’s heart (See Galatians 5:22-23). We need Jesus for that. That’s why Jesus says for those who are the greatest among you should take the lowest rank, and the leader should be like a servant. It’s a practical way to practice self-control. Practicing self-controls allows the Holy Spirit to guide my life. Otherwise, I’m a lord-er who loves to lord.
2 Timothy 1:7 NCV God did not give us a spirit that makes us afraid but a spirit of power and love and self-control. Real power isn’t being able to lord over other people barking out orders and commanding compliance. Real power is not doing those things. Jesus has actual real power and never lorded over anyone. He invites, and he serves. And (I) must have the same attitude that Christ Jesus had (Philippians 2:5).
I do like things a certain way, and thank you I am not without the Source for self-control that would make me stuck like that. Forgive me for the times I demand to be served instead of serving. Thank you that self-control that comes from you actually is a more freeing way to live. Thank you for making these truths known to me through your Son, through your Word, and through personal experience and finding that I am not disappointed but pleasantly surprised when I live in your perfect economy. Help me serve my family in love today. I love you and thank you and pray in Jesus’ name, amen.