“The greatest among you will be your servant. For those who exalt themselves will be humbled, and those who humble themselves will be exalted.” — Matthew 23:11-12
Doing the Dirty Work
While the players scoring the goals usually steal the headlines in soccer, every team needs people who are willing to do all the little stuff necessary to win. There is not a better midfielder in the world at intercepting passes and winning the ball back for his team than N’Golo Kante. It’s not a coincidence that Kante’s teams have won two English Premier League titles and an FA Cup in the last three seasons. On the international level, Kante was a key contributor for the French team that just won the World Cup.
As Christians, our goal shouldn’t be to gain popularity or get attention, but rather to serve others and glorify God in the process. Sometimes, that means doing the “dirty work” that goes into carrying out the mission of Christ. When things need to get done, we can either step up ourselves or wait and hope that someone else will come take care of it. If our main priority in life is really serving Christ, the choice is easy.
Being a Christian isn’t always glamorous. It’s in those moments when we have an opportunity to sacrifice a little bit of ourselves to further His Kingdom that we can make sure our priorities are in order. God calls us to love and serve unconditionally in a world that tells us something very different.
— Joshua Doering
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