But Not Here

19th JANUARY 2022

Christ for Youth International

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. Who is more important, the one who sits at the table or the one who serves? The one who sits at the table, of course. But not here! For I am among you as one who serves.” [Luke 22:25-27 NLT].

Still on the issue of getting our foundation right for glorious things, it is essential to know that the kingdom message Jesus delivered to the world had several principles within them. These principles are not reserved for a few, they are for any believer who studies the Bible to discover them. The amazing thing is, regardless of your age, once you discover any kingdom principle and apply it, you will see the results of it in your life. Remember, in the kingdom of God, faith is what you get from hearing the Word of the LORD, but to be blessed in its entirety, you must do that which you have heard.

From today’s verses, we are exposed to one of the kingdom principles that Jesus communicated as part of the kingdom message. “Who is more important, the one who sits at the table or the one who serves? The one who sits at the table, of course. But not here!” 'But not here' changes everything in this statement for some of us. As a matter of fact, as we would say in our circles, the statement does not just shake our tables; it breaks them into pieces. In the kingdom of God, we can only know how great you are by how great you serve. Like the example Jesus gave, “glorious things” does not mean sitting at the table and calling out servants at will to cater our pleasures. Rather, it means we must brace ourselves to serve more.

Which areas of your life do you need to look at and say, “but not here”? Take a moment and consider this, let the Holy Spirit help you to see those areas in your life where you have exalted yourself to the table. Sadly, it is true that it does not feel nice getting off the table, no wonder the disciples were arguing about it. However, there is a table, a greater one for that matter, that Jesus wants us to get to. The joy and fulfilment on that table will overshadow the service we had to render here and now, so much that it will make the service look very trivial.

Heavenly Father, help me to keep serving diligently for your glory. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

Bible In One Year: Genesis [9–12]

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