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September 22 – Becoming Great in the Kingdom

“’And do you seek great things for yourself? Do not seek them; for behold, I will bring adversity on all flesh,’ says the Lord. ‘But I will give your life to you as a prize in all places, wherever you go.’” – Jeremiah 45:5

Baruch was Jeremiah’s personal secretary who recorded the words that we find in the book of Jeremiah. Though Jeremiah chapter 45 is only five verses long, it is an important chapter. Those who separated the Bible into chapters and verses didn’t always follow the natural progression of the individual books, but in this case it is wonderfully short, and we can thank God for not only the inspiration of Scriptures, but the leading of the men who did give the Bible chapter and verses.

Five short verses tell Baruch and us that God is not only concerned with the kings and nations, but us as individuals. Baruch was growing weary in the ministry and in verse 3 Baruch laments by saying, “Woe is me now! For the Lord has added grief to my sorrow. I fainted in my sighing, and I find no rest." But God saw that in Baruch’s despair there was a temptation of trying to become “great” and have great things. God knows the heart. Christians are not just tempted to gossip and commit fornication, but we are tempted to “seek great things.” Many are allured by the glitz and spotlight of preaching. Many in the church want positions of authority and seek status in the ministry. Nothing could have led you to believe that Baruch was seeking great things by his statement in verse 3. In fact anyone would think that Baruch was a steady man of God. But God saw different.

Do you seek status in the Church you are attending? Are you seeking a position in the church? Do not seek it brother! Let God bring the position that He wants for you to you. If we want to become great in the Kingdom of God, we must become like children and like servants. Just as Jesus came not to be served but to serve and offer His life a ransom for many.

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