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Good Morning June 9

Reputation, status, and appearance are something we all care about, at least to some degree. Even Jesus’ disciples argued among themselves which one of them was the greatest. But Jesus always turned things around. “If anyone wants to be first he must be the very last, and the servant of all.”(Mark 9:35) In the Sermon on the Mount He cautioned, a number of time, about not doing good works to be seen by people, but rather in secret, only before God. What is of ultimate importance is what God thinks of us, and not what others say. God calls us His children for the sake of Jesus. We are children of the King. We do not have to be concerned about worldly status, or peoples opinions. If our desires and actions are to please and honor our Lord there is no greater status. Sure, we still want to look nice when we go out, but a heart that has been cleansed and made whole by Christ is the most beautiful apparel there is.

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Good Morning March 7

Reputation, status, and appearance are something we all care about, at least to some degree. Even Jesus’ disciples argued among themselves which one of them was the greatest. But Jesus always turned things around. “If anyone wants to be first,” He said, “he must be the very last, and the servant of all.”(Mark 9:35) In the Sermon on the Mount He cautioned, a number of time, about not doing good works to be seen by people, but rather in secret, only before God. What is of ultimate importance is what God thinks of us, and not what others say. God calls us His children for the sake of Jesus. We are children of the King. We do not have to be concerned about worldly status, or peoples opinions when our desires and actions are to please and honor our Lord. Sure, we still want to look nice when we go out, but a heart that has been cleansed and made whole by Christ is the most beautiful apparel there is.

Good Morning August 23

Many people worry about their status, their position in life, their pride in people thinking well of them. Much of Washington politics is built on the perceived power that one has. Image becomes everything in order to accomplish some purpose. Certainly, we all like people to have a positive opinion about us, but in our Christian faith we begin to realize that this is not something we really have to strive for. We have been saved by the grace of God through our faith in Jesus Christ. Because of Jesus, God calls us His children. We are His saints. There is no higher status or position that one can have. A person may be at the top of their profession, or the major one of influence in government, but even these pale in comparison to having favor with the Lord of all Creation. In whatever you are able to accomplish today, just remind yourself that you are a child of God for Jesus sake, and that is far greater than anything you are able to do or not do.

Good Morning December 14

We really want to know that we are important, and are valuable to others. The disciples were arguing among themselves which one of them was the greatest. Was it Peter, often the chief spokesman, or John, later called the beloved, or was it Judas, the treasurer with a good sense for business? We all need that realization that we matter to another person, that we are needed for who we are. We try to achieve this by excelling in a certain field, or just by puffing ourselves up, inflating our own ego. Jesus took a little child, setting him in the midst of the disciples, and saying that here was their model for greatness. The humility and simple faith of a child is of true value. We may have many talents, or just a few. We may have a long resume of accomplishments, or none that the world would recognize. But we are first, and above all, a child of God because of Jesus Christ. We are loved and valued by God above all worldly accomplishments. That is the only status that really matters, and we are on top.

Good Morning October 18

We call our president “the leader of the free world.” We are impressed by the CEO of a large company, or the head of some great organization. One’s status seems to be an important measuring stick for many. Jesus’ disciples were not immune from such thinking. One day they had something of an argument about which one of them was the greatest. (Mark 9:33-36) Jesus told them that if they wanted to be first, “they must be the very least, and the servant of all.” The amazing thing is that Jesus, God Almighty, the greatest of all, modeled this in His own life. He said of Himself, “I am gentle and humble in heart.” (Matthew 11:29) A life in the Lord Jesus is a life marked by service and sacrificial love. In our natural life this is hard for us, and like the disciples, the desire for recognition pops to the surface now and then. But self-forgetfulness and humility of service, are the characteristics that are truly great in our Lord’s eyes.