And knowing God means living your life according to his Word: his commandments, his values, and his ways.
And perhaps there is nothing more radical (and more scorn-garnering) than working to succeed in God’s Kingdom, but not in this world:
To hope and work for things unseen, yet believed in.
To find joy and fulfillment in a work well-accomplished — rather than a work well-applauded.
To adhere to ancient principles of good conduct in the midst of today’s ultramodern and spiritually-bankrupt culture.
And to aspire to greatness, not by seeking positions of influence and power, but by becoming the lowest — serving God by serving all.
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The above might have made you confused, my friend. After all, if you look around you, there are many Christian leaders who have sought success and power just like anyone would — and except maybe for their add-ons of so-called “Biblical principles,” the methods they have used to achieve these things do not differ much from the rest.
Well, I don’t have yet the authority and knowledge to call them out, if they are really in error, but let me show you something, my friend. Jesus Christ, our Lord and Savior, and the one we are supposed to follow, exemplified the type of leadership that he wants for his disciples, and that is servant leadership.
Jesus summoned [his disciples], and said to them, “You know that they who are recognized as rulers over the nations lord it over them, and their great ones exercise authority over them. But it shall not be so among you, but whoever wants to become great among you shall be your servant. Whoever of you wants to become first among you, shall be bondservant of all. For the Son of Man also came not to be served, but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.” — Mark 10:42-45 WEB