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King Neb, “King Me,” and King Jesus

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I was humbled and saved through God's gracious gift of Mental Illness

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For this is the love of God, that we keep His commandments; and His commandments are not burdensome.

King Neb, “King Me,” and King Jesus

King Nebuchadnezzar had some problems; one was understanding glory.  What it was and who had it topped the list.  Thousands of years later I was blissfully unaware I shared King Neb’s problem and fate.  recounts how King Neb thought he was responsible for Babylon’s existence and glory.  King Neb thought his actions in building Babylon revealed that he was great.
Daniel 4:30 NASB95
“The king reflected and said, ‘Is this not Babylon the great, which I myself have built as a royal residence by the might of my power and for the glory of my majesty?’
New American Standard Bible: 1995 update. (1995). (). La Habra, CA: The Lockman Foundation.
This is how God responded to King Nebuchadnezzar,
Daniel 4:31–32 NASB95
“While the word was in the king’s mouth, a voice came from heaven, saying, ‘King Nebuchadnezzar, to you it is declared: sovereignty has been removed from you, and you will be driven away from mankind, and your dwelling place will be with the beasts of the field. You will be given grass to eat like cattle, and seven periods of time will pass over you until you recognize that the Most High is ruler over the realm of mankind and bestows it on whomever He wishes.’
“[A] voice came from heaven, saying… you will be driven away from mankind, and your dwelling place will be with the beasts of the field. You will be given grass to eat like cattle, and seven periods of time will pass over you until you recognize that the Most High is ruler over the realm of mankind and bestows it on whomever He wishes.”
New American Standard Bible: 1995 update. (1995). (). La Habra, CA: The Lockman Foundation.
Fast forward thousands of years.
Fast forward thousands of years.
After high school I wanted to become an Aeronautical Engineer and a Graphic Artist.  I thought these professions would make me important, respected and wealthy.  Most of the girls in my high school graduating class seemed to want to be social workers.  I thought that was stupid and that helping people was a waste of time.  There was no glory in that.  Neb and me had the same problem, and we got similar solutions.  Neb lost his mind for seven years.  I lost my mind for ten years.
When we were restored to sanity we were both very grateful to God.  And we now know that only God is great and worth giving our lives.
But what is true greatness? 
, and are quoted by Jesus (whom I choose as my authority on greatness):
In ancient Babylon and now? , and are quoted by Jesus (whom I choose as my authority on greatness):
Mark 12:30–31 NASB95
and you shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind, and with all your strength.’ “The second is this, ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’ There is no other commandment greater than these.”
30 AND YOU SHALL LOVE THE LORD YOUR GOD WITH ALL YOUR HEART, AND WITH ALL YOUR SOUL, AND WITH ALL YOUR MIND, AND WITH ALL YOUR STRENGTH.’ 31 “The second is this, ‘YOU SHALL LOVE YOUR NEIGHBOR AS YOURSELF.’ There is no other commandment greater than these.”
New American Standard Bible: 1995 update. (1995). (). La Habra, CA: The Lockman Foundation.
Jesus said that, Loving God and Loving People, are the most important things you can do.  People that do this are great according to Jesus and the people that don’t do this do not know what greatness is.
Jesus’ disciples were arguing who was the greatest among them.  Jesus took a small child and said to them, to be great you must be converted and become like this child.  And to be on the very top you must be a slave to all.
Neb and I could not possibly have gone any more in the wrong direction in pursuing greatness.  Yet, Jesus loved us and humbled us with mental illness until we could think right.
Our culture pushes the pursuit of empty glory.YJesus invites you to voluntarily humble yourself and learn from him.  He is gentle and humble and will enable you to give and receive love.
Our culture pushes the pursuit of empty glory.  Jesus invites you to voluntarily humble yourself and learn from him.  He is gentle and humble and will enable you to give and receive love.
And that is the only glory there is.
I used to fear doing God’s will. I was afraid to say to Him: Whatever You want Lord. I thought He wanted me to do something I would hate doing. I was afraid of being miserable for the rest of my life.
Their images are consigned to the beasts and the cattle. The things 1that you carry are burdensome, A load for the weary beast. 2 They stooped over, they have bowed down together; They could…
Chapter 2 NASB95 ()
But God is FUN! Telling people about Jesus makes me feel great. Being used by the Holy Spirit is the ultimate in freedom and being authentically me.
for you. 5 But aif any has caused sorrow, he has caused sorrow not to me, but in some degree—1in order not to say too much—to all of you. 6 Sufficient for such a one is athis punishment…
I know I am loving God when I obey His commands. His commands are: Love God, Love People. And love is a joy, not a burden.
Chapter 2 NASB95 ()
from men, either from you or from others, even though as bapostles of Christ 1we might have 2asserted our authority. 7 But we 1proved to be 2agentle 3among you, bas a nursing mother 4…
Chapter 5 NASB95 ()
athis is the love of God, that we bkeep His commandments; and cHis commandments are not burdensome. 4 For whatever is 1aborn of God bovercomes the world; and this is the victory that has…
that we may eat!’ 14 “aI alone am not able to carry all this people, because it is too 1burdensome for me. 15 “aSo if You are going to deal thus with me, please kill me at once, if I have…
Chapter 13 NASB95 ()
25 But the king said to Absalom, “No, my son, we should not all go, for we will be burdensome to you.” Although he 1urged him, he would not go, but blessed him. 26 Then aAbsalom…
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