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True Greatness

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What if you opened the newspaper tomorrow morning and saw your own obituary? Would it make you reevaluate your life? Cause you to reconsider how you spend your hours? That is exactly what happened to Swedish inventor and chemist Alfred Nobel. Alfred was the man responsible for inventing dynamite. Things in Alfred’s life were moving along fine when, one morning in 1888, he opened the newspaper and saw his own obituary. As it turned out, Alfred’s brother had died, but the local press had accidentally created and run an obituary for Alfred instead. That mistake changed Alfred’s legacy. When he saw that the writer of the obituary had summed up his life and his work by giving him the moniker “Merchant of Death,” Alfred came face-to-face with the reality of how his days on earth had been spent.

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1 Peter 2:18–24 NKJV
Servants, be submissive to your masters with all fear, not only to the good and gentle, but also to the harsh. For this is commendable, if because of conscience toward God one endures grief, suffering wrongfully. For what credit is it if, when you are beaten for your faults, you take it patiently? But when you do good and suffer, if you take it patiently, this is commendable before God. For to this you were called, because Christ also suffered for us, leaving us an example, that you should follow His steps: “Who committed no sin, Nor was deceit found in His mouth”; who, when He was reviled, did not revile in return; when He suffered, He did not threaten, but committed Himself to Him who judges righteously; who Himself bore our sins in His own body on the tree, that we, having died to sins, might live for righteousness—by whose stripes you were healed.
1 Peter 2:18–20 NKJV
Servants, be submissive to your masters with all fear, not only to the good and gentle, but also to the harsh. For this is commendable, if because of conscience toward God one endures grief, suffering wrongfully. For what credit is it if, when you are beaten for your faults, you take it patiently? But when you do good and suffer, if you take it patiently, this is commendable before God.

SUBMISSIVE - “to arrange [troop divisions] in a miliary fashion under the command of a leader”
“to arrange [troop divisions] in a miliary fashion under the command of a leader”
CROOKED - SKOLIOS WHERE WE GET THE WORD SCOLIOSIS (CROOKED SPINE)
Strong, J. (1995). Enhanced Strong’s Lexicon. Woodside Bible Fellowship.
Example - ichnos - footsteps, a track
EXAMPLE OF CHRIST
SUFFERING - FOLLOW IN HIS STEPS
SINLESSNESS - NO SIN
INTEGRITY - NO DECEIT FOUND IN HIS MOUTH
LOVE - NOT RETURNING EVIL FOR EVIL
PATIENCE - HE DID NOT THREATEN
RESIGNED TO LIVE FOR CHRIST - COMMITTED TO HIM WHO JUDGES HIM
RIGHTEOUSNESS - LIVING FOR RIGHTEOUSNESS
GREATEST AMONG US IS THE SERVANT OF ALL
Matthew 20:26–28 NKJV
Yet it shall not be so among you; but whoever desires to become great among you, let him be your servant. And whoever desires to be first among you, let him be your slave—just as the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give His life a ransom for many.”
1 Timothy 6:1–2 NKJV
Let as many bondservants as are under the yoke count their own masters worthy of all honor, so that the name of God and His doctrine may not be blasphemed. And those who have believing masters, let them not despise them because they are brethren, but rather serve them because those who are benefited are believers and beloved. Teach and exhort these things.
Ephesians 6:5–8 NKJV
Bondservants, be obedient to those who are your masters according to the flesh, with fear and trembling, in sincerity of heart, as to Christ; not with eyeservice, as men-pleasers, but as bondservants of Christ, doing the will of God from the heart, with goodwill doing service, as to the Lord, and not to men, knowing that whatever good anyone does, he will receive the same from the Lord, whether he is a slave or free.
Good Samaritan - The priest and levite asked WHAT WOULD HAPPEN IF WE HELPED. The Samaritan asked what will happen iIF I DON’T HELP.
People ask, Lord use me....then they say they feel used.
WHAT IF WE APPROACHED EVERY OPPORTUNITY TO SERVE AS IF WE WERE ACTUALLY SERVING GOD?
Matthew 25:40 NKJV
And the King will answer and say to them, ‘Assuredly, I say to you, inasmuch as you did it to one of the least of these My brethren, you did it to Me.’
Matthew 25:
Colossians 3:23 NKJV
And whatever you do, do it heartily, as to the Lord and not to men,
HOW TO SERVE?
Colossians 4:5 NKJV
Walk in wisdom toward those who are outside, redeeming the time.
EXUDE LOVE
ENCOURAGE others
CONNECT With Our Families - EVEN THOUGH WE HAVE GOOD INTENTIONS
ATTEND YOUR CHURCH - it’s easy to get self centered
INVITE people to your church - WHAT GREATER SERVICE COULD WE OFFER.
WHEN THE DAY COMES WHAT WILL YOUR OBITUARY READ?
WHEN OUR LIMITED TIME ON EARTH IS COMPARED TO OUR ETERNITY IN HEAVEN ITS EASY TO SEE WHATS IMPORTANT
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