But Not So With You

There are certain phrases in the Bible that are always powerful to me.  One of my pastors as a child used to talk about the phrase “but” in the Bible.  Anytime you hear that word in a passage you know that something big is going to come next.

Today’s passage in Luke 22: 24-27 has one of those phrases that always jumps out to me.  Listen to what it says:

24 A dispute also arose among them as to which one of them was to be regarded as the greatest. 25 But he said to them, “The kings of the Gentiles lord it over them; and those in authority over them are called benefactors. 26 But not so with you; rather the greatest among you must become like the youngest, and the leader like one who serves. 27 For who is greater, the one who is at the table or the one who serves? Is it not the one at the table? But I am among you as one who serves.

under-a-different-lightThe word “but” was a giveaway.  I love, love, love when Jesus says “But not so with you.”

I think no other phrase in the Bible sums up what the Christian life should look like more than that.  But not so with you.

Look what Jesus is doing there.  He is talking about how the world determines who is the greatest.  Those who are powerful are the greatest in the context of the world.  Those who are in charge.  Those who run things.  Those who have power.  They are the greatest.

But not so with you.  For us, for us a Christians, greatest does not come from power or position, or from any such thing like this.  Greatness comes from service.  From serving one another.  From laying down our lives for one another.  From putting each other first.

That’s what the Gospel-infused life should look like.  Different.  Different from the world.  A life driven by love. By grace.  By forgiveness.  Why?  Because we have been shown love.  Grace.  And forgiveness.

And we must show those same things to each other.  And to the world.

Today, greatness is in your hand. But not greatness the way that the world looks at it.  Greatness the way that God looks at it.  Jesus says this in John 15:13 – No one has greater love than this, to lay down one’s life for one’s friends.

So, today, we see what the world does.  That’s fine.  That’s great.  But not so with you.  Not so with me.  Not so with us.  We are the church.  We are the body of Christ.  We are called to live our His love and allow that love to change this world.  Today, let’s be obedient to that call. Let’s live that love out.

And let’s see what happens when we live that Gospel-infused life.  Let’s just see what God does with it!

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What Happens Next

What’s next is always a key question for me.  I guess I’m the kind of person that’s always looking ahead, but when I know something, or understand something I always want to know, what do it do with it?

What’s next?  What happens next?

I’ve told the story before about worshiping in a church for while that really stressed the reality of human sin and brokenness.  I left worship every Sunday thinking, ok, I get it.  I’m messes up.  What do I do about it?

What’s next?  What happens next?  For me, that’s always a big thing.  What is our response to what happens?  What do we do about it?  How do we handle it, how does it impact us?

Today, look at Luke 4:38-39 and see what happens next:

And he arose and left the synagogue and entered Simon’s house. Now Simon’s mother-in-law was ill with a high fever, and they appealed to him on her behalf. And he stood over her and rebuked the fever, and it left her, and immediately she rose and began to serve them.

1228896000Jesus heals Peter’s mother in law.  What happens next?  She immediately got up and began to serve Jesus and the others.  Notice that word, immediately.  As soon as she could, she got up and went to serve others.

I wonder why?

Perhaps she realized just how much she had been given; she saw the length that Jesus went to, to give her a fresh start from this illness, and the way that she could say thank you, the way that she could respond was this.

To serve.

Perhaps today, that’s us.  Has Jesus moved in your life?  Has He given you grace, mercy, forgiveness?  Has He restored you in some way?  Shown you mercy?  Given you grace?

What happens next?

How do we say thank you?  How do we show Him how thankful we are for what He has done for us?  Perhaps we follow the example of Peter’s mother in law.

Perhaps today we serve someone.  That’s our thank you.  That’s our response.  We show that love, the way that Jesus has shown that love to us.

Today, may our “what’s next” be to show God’s love to someone through our lives!

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