Matthew 23:11-12 (KJV) But he that is greatest among you shall be your servant. And whosoever shall exalt himself shall be abased; and he that shall humble himself shall be exalted.
When Osimhen got baptized in the Holy Ghost, he knew he was to be a servant of God. As he grew in spiritual understanding, he realized that people could be great in the kingdom and this greatness had its attendant benefits. What Osimhen did not understand was that the way to kingdom greatness was humility and service. He wanted to be a servant of God, but he did not want to serve but be in charge and be served.
He was frustrated because even though he fasted and prayed a lot, he knew he was not growing in kingdom authority and greatness. He gave himself great titles, but within him, he knew that he was not great.
He cried to the Lord one morning after some things happened that reminded him of how low his spiritual state was. In answer to his prayer, the Lord orchestrated his steps until came in contact with a sermon that changed his perspective and transformed his life. His perspective of ministry changed from that of a person who sought to get to someone who sought to give and serve.
In the kingdom of God, greatness is attained through service. You grow the ranks as you serve, and it is impossible to serve acceptably without humility. A man who has the mind to rule will not attain greatness in the kingdom of God, but a man who has the mind to serve will.
Go into today, asking the Lord to purify your motives and help you serve acceptably. Remember, you are destined for greatness, and having a heart that gives and serves is the way to this greatness.
—Abraham Damilola Arigi
Bible In One Year: Genesis 20-23 (In Devotional Audio)
Audio Bible credit: Bible Experience, Zondervan
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