In the world you set a goal. You say, “I’m going to be a brain surgeon.” Then, off you go to school and someday, after years of study and training, you graduate as a brain surgeon. That’s not how it is in the Kingdom of God.
Before I was born, God said, “I see a day when Nick Zaccardi is going to be born, and I have a place in My kingdom for him, and this is it.” I then spend my lifetime attaining to the position that God has already prepared for me before the foundation of the world.
Eventually, depending on how well I listen to Him and my obedience level, I may or may not get to that calling. But the main point for us to see is that it’s not up to me to decide what I want that calling to be.
That’s what the Lord was telling the disciples min the verse we looked at in the last post. Don’t try to advance yourself in the Kingdom of God by using the world’s methods. But the problem didn’t end there.
When the ten heard about this, they were indignant with the two brothers. Jesus called them together and said, “You know that the rulers of the Gentiles lord it over them, and their high officials exercise authority over them. Not so with you. Instead, whoever wants to become great among you must be your servant, and whoever wants to be first must be your slave – just as the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.”
To operate in the way of the world, you’re going to have to step over everyone in your path in order to get to the top. Then, once you get there, you start to boss everyone around because they’re all under you.
Jesus made it clear that we don’t act this way in the church. In His kingdom, He has a place prepared for everybody. You need to seek the place God has chosen for you from before the foundation of the world.
As you enter into your assignment, you’ll find that it will be a place of service. It’s not going to be a place of authority in the sense that the world looks at authority. So don’t come at the Kingdom of God from a worldly perspective. In Christ we find fulfillment through service.
It’s clear, however, that the disciples believed that Christ’s kingdom was coming. The disciples had faith in that concept to the point that in their own fleshly way they were starting to jockey for position. I pray that we would have as much faith in the words of Christ as they did. It’s my prayer that God’s people will be found ready for Him on His return.
We must begin to prepare now for the coming kingdom. God’s Word is clear. Our rewards will be based upon our obedience. How closely are you following the Lord’s plan for your life?
Knowledge of the Second Coming of Christ should drive you to serve Him with all your ability. Don’t rest until you know that you are in the center of His will for your life.
Question: What will it take to reach the next step in your calling?
© Nick Zaccardi 2014