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25 But Jesus called them to Himself and said, "You know that the rulers of the Gentiles lord it over them, and those who are great exercise authority over them. 26 "Yet it shall not be so among you; but whoever desires to become great among you, let him be your servant. 27 "And whoever desires to be first among you, let him be your slave-- 28 "just as the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give His life a ransom for many."
One day I watched some shows on different bands that showed how they started and the different things they went through. As I watched these shows it always seemed that there was one or more persons who had an ego trip and would end up leaving the band or even causing it to break up.
It was really a sad thing to watch people with their pride destroy their lives as well as lives of others.
But the sad thing is, this can happen with Christian bands, and even more so, it can happen in the church.
That's right, it could and may have happen in the very church you go too.
So why does this happen?
Once someone starts to become somebody, they start to forget how they got there.
In the church, it's the Lord who will give someone a high standing in the church. But it can go to their head and they forget that the only reason they are somebody in the church is because of the Lord working in their lives. Not that they were someone great, but the one they taught and/or sung about is the great one, which is Jesus Christ.
Churches have even split up because of these types of things.
Someone will leave the church, and others will follow him or her.
Don't follow a person in the church, but rather follow Jesus Christ.
Jesus is the one who died for your sins.
Jesus is the one who forgave you and has given you eternal life.
Jesus' words are the words that you have been taught not mans.
We put so much on a person that we forget about Jesus Christ.
I know personally if our pastor is not there on Sunday, but is speaking at another church, some people will not go to church that Sunday.
If you are this type of person, I ask you, who are you following, your pastor or Jesus Christ?
If you say Jesus Christ, then understand that the Holy Spirit can and will speak to you through someone else, just as He would speak to you through your pastor.
We can also be responsible for feeding someone's ego, just as I mentioned. If they see you following them then Satan puts into their mind that they are someone great and this can cause them to fall away.
It's OK to thank your pastor for the teaching that week, but acknowledge to him that the Holy Spirit spoke through him and it wasn't his words alone that spoke to you.
In all things give glory to the Lord, not to man!
1 Peter 4:11 (NLT) Are you called to be a speaker? Then speak as though God himself were speaking through you. Are you called to help others? Do it with all the strength and energy that God supplies. Then God will be given glory in everything through Jesus Christ. All glory and power belong to him forever and ever. Amen.