The Essence of Love and Service

God is not impressed with any position man holds on earth – as such positions we will hold in eternity will not correlate to those held on earth.

Are you impressed with yourself more than God is?
Are you impressed with yourself more than God is?

But how the hearts of each of us are focused away from the positions and prestige of this world toward the calling and direction of God for each individual life will be correlated with the position and responsibility He grants us in eternity.  (This doesn’t mean those with high earthy positions will be cast down, but it means to carry out the will of God, those in high positions must not be impressed with their position, but instead see it as a place to bear the Image of God with greater reach and responsibility while keeping their heart focused on Him.)

Jesus said:

“You call Me Teacher and Lord; and you are right, for so I am. If I then, the Lord and the Teacher, washed your feet, you also ought to wash one another’s feet.  For I gave you an example that you also should do as I did to you. Truly, truly, I say to you, a slave is not greater than his master, nor is one who is sent greater than the one who sent him.” (John 13:13-16)

This leads to a test that requires some maturity.  You must understand and fully know that you are a Son, both King and Priest, to the Lord your God.  But at the same time, you must be fully stripped of any pride in your position.  God is not swelled with pride for who He is, He simply IS.  Your time here is a training ground for you to grow to this same maturity.  In this place, you can give of yourself in every capacity, because it does not take away from who you are.  And you will understand that if you can suffer so that someone else might be lifted up in the knowledge of God, that this is the model of Christ.
The likeness of God is all-powerful and all knowing, but the only way to truly display it in this broken world is to be the essence of love and service, lifting others up to the fullness that He has for each.

This post is _Part 6_ in a series on God’s image and likeness.  To continue with this series, click on Part 7.  To use this as a growth tool to better understand your own calling, you might start by reading the explanation of this series and then read Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4 and Part 5.

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