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Finding Honor in Service

From Erwin McManus's Book, The Way of The Warrior.....

The warrior lives in the paradox between service and greatness. The warrior is always 1st a servant. A life of service does not diminish the pursuit of greatness. The warrior must walk with both humility and ambition. The Warrior does not serve because they cannot lead because you cannot lead without serving.

Every day the warrior must pursue excellence. (management - How do you care for what you have? God will only give you which you can manage.) Every day is a competition (word is not clear) who they were yesterday

The warrior pursues this legend. They pursue the life they know they must live, the battle (what we are freed from) they must fight, the sacrifice they must make. To the warrior, greatness is not a product of ego but of service. To live for others, it requires all of who you are. All.

This is why the warrior never envies the greatness of others but in fact/honor and admires it. The life of a warrior is defended by the pursuit of greatness. Is it wrong to be competitive? When you are the best you don't compare yourself to others, you compare yourself (word is not clear) the impossible.

"Anyone who wants to be first must be the very last, and servant of all." - Jesus

Jesus was not trying to shut down our ambitions, he is redirecting our intentions. Jesus wasn't trying to replace greatness with servanthood. He was giving us a new definition of greatness which is servanthood.

"Whoever wants to become great among you must be your servant." The call to servanthood finds its only power when it is received by those who are in pursuit of greatness.

The call to servanthood finds its only power when it is received by those who are in pursuit of greatness. It is not wrong to pursue greatness. Never confuse fame with greatness. Otherwise, you may be aspiring to what is not really greatness at all. Fame is what you do for yourself. Greatness is what you do for others. Do not give up your ambition to be great. Instead, change your definition of what it means to be great and how greatness is achieved.

*If you do everything for the glory of God, there is nothing you will do where you are not giving it your best.

*Just as the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve and to give his life as a ransom for many. (Paul)

Jesus was not only the greatest man to ever live. He was also the greatest servant of all time. No one served like Jesus and no one will ever achieve his standard of greatness. Yet we too can be great if we will serve and walk in the way of Jesus. 


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