I wonder if Jesus shook His head as He listened to His disciples argue over who was the greatest (Luke 9:46). For three years He had taught them; He knew their hearts, yet they were still divided. The sin principle was prevalent and the self-nature was being shown in their actions and attitudes.
What the disciples needed to do was to give up their own agendas, crucify self-centeredness, and be filled with the empowering Spirit of God. To be willing, as we talked this week, to take up our cross and deny ourselves and follow Him (Mark 8:34).
His plan for His disciples hasn't changed. We are still called to surrender our will to His and allow Him to lead. It still requires us to surrender selfish wants and desires for His, and allow Him to lead as He sees best, to accomplish His purpose through us. He has called us to work together to accomplish this, using our gifts as He has given them, to best fulfill His mission.
Do you know what your spiritual gifts are? Are you using them to the best of your abilities for Kingdom purposes? If you would like to take a Spiritual Gifts test, click HERE and then send me your top three results. Let's work together as we Make Christ-like disciples in the Brainerd Lakes area, at home and in the church.
I'm looking forward to week 2 in our sermon series, "An Unstoppable Vision," as we live our lives for Kingdom purposes.
Know that you are loved and prayed for,