and if one of you wants to be first, you must be the slave of the others---
like the Son of Man, who did not come to be served, but to serve and to give his life to redeem many people." Matthew 20:26-28
Fear as my fortress keeps me focused on my needs. Fear reasons that if you hold on to your rights, your interests, your desires, even your needs.... you can protect yourself, protect your destiny....but fear is also a deciever. Fear is never a fortress.
That is the role our great Shepherd desires: He is the good Shepherd. He wants to pour His blessing on us and keep us safe. So much so that He is willing to give up His very life that I may find shelter in the bosom of my Father! "The LORD is my rock, my fortress, and my deliverer, my God, my mountain where I seek refuge, my shield and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold." Psalm 18:2 He is MY Shepherd....and I shall not want ANYTHING! Everything I need is in him. He sees. He knows. I have no need to be concerned for self. Jesus gives to me. He serves me! I am his little lamb and he really, really loves me. He carries me close to his heart.
"You call me Teacher and Lord, and it is right that you do so, because that is what I am.
I, your Lord and Teacher, have just washed your feet. You, then, should wash one another's feet. I have set an example for you, so that you will do just what I have done for you.
I am telling you the truth: no slaves are greater than their master, and no messengers are greater than the one who sent them. Now that you know this truth, how happy you will be if you put it into practice!"
John 13 :13-17
"Don't be concerned only about your own interests, but also be concerned about the interests of others. Have the same attitude that Christ Jesus had. Although he was in the form of God and equal with God, he did not take advantage of this equality. Instead, he emptied himself by taking on the form of a servant, by becoming like other humans, by having a human appearance. He humbled himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross." Phil. 2:4-8
"One gives freely, yet grows all the richer; another withholds what he should give, and only suffers want. Whoever brings blessing will be enriched, and one who waters will himself be watered." Proverbs 11:24,25
I can serve and give extravagantly. I must! There is no other way to abundant life. Whoever trys to keep their life will lose it, but whoever will lay down their life will find it!
I have one mission;
to come and die
and I will be a fragrant burning
Derek Loux (Fragrant Burning)