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“The greatest among you must be a servant.” (Matthew‬ ‭23:11‬ ‭NLT‬‬)

Antonio Lopez de Santa Anna, the notorious enemy at the Alamo, was a charming politician, but he was foolish in his ways. After being captured and allowing Texas its freedom, Santa Anna would be later released in 1837 by President Andrew Jackson, promising to never serve in politics again. That promise wouldn’t last. He would rise and fall numerous times in Mexico before eventually fleeing to Europe around 1855. He would die in Mexico in 1876 as a broken old man.

As the old saying goes, “Power corrupts, and absolute power corrupts absolutely.” It is a dangerous thing when we entertain the thought of arising to places where we can have others do what we want them too. Selfishness has no place in leadership. The lust for power and control is a corrupting cancer that no one is immune to.

If God raises you up as a leader, follow His example to be a Servant-Leader. God will only allow us to lead if He knows He can trust us to do the job right. Be safe and usable to God! You are loved today! 

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Now these are the gifts Christ gave to the church: the apostles, the prophets, the evangelists, and the pastors and teachers.” (Ephesians‬ ‭4‬:‭11‬ NLT)

For the last few days, I’ve sat in meetings with department and oversight leaders of my denomination from across our nation, hearing the vision God gave them for our Fellowship. In turn, we take these visions and goals back to our home states and pass them along to leaders and pastors, trying to connect the head with the grass roots. And then as a Pastor, I have to pass these along to my leaders and teachers, that we can accomplish all these plus our own community vision as well.

When God created the Church, He called men and women to set aside their life goals and ambitions so that He could fully use them to fully reach His people. Regardless of the messes fleshly people have created, the Church was God’s gift to the world, and ministry workers were His gift to the Church. They are not a secret society or a league of superheroes, simply common people with a heart for God, a mind for the work, and a willingness to serve.

Take time to pray for your denomination or organization leaders. Then lift up the wonderful leaders at your local church that you love. It takes a lot of folks surrendering their lives so that you can know God and make Him known. Celebrate the gifts God gave so that you could know that you are loved!

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So all of us who have had that veil removed can see and reflect the glory of the Lord…making us more and more like him as we are changed into his glorious image.” (2 Corinthians‬ ‭3‬:‭18‬ NLT)

When you’ve lived in the country most of your life like I have, you pay attention to light reflectors. Sometimes it’s on road posts, warning you that a curve is in front of you, so slow down. Other times it’s a deer’s shining eyes, warning you to approach with caution because they will react to your passing with unpredictability. Sometimes it’s also the finish on road signs, making sure you are on the right way to your destination.

As we keep our eyes on God, simply doing our best to live to His standards, His light reflects off of us for others to see. By seeing us walk the Christ Life path, they’ll know how to properly handle life’s difficulties, how to guard against the likelihood of temptations, and follow us from a distance to see where the path leads because they don’t know the way to true life. It’s not about how great we lead, but how well we reflect!

The Christ Life really is a simple one, if you follow the “reflectors” God puts in your life. Live the life that reflects God well and you’ll be surprised how many will make Heaven by the example you’ve shown! You are loved today! Let it shine!