One of the things that I see that men and women struggle with “and I most definitely include myself in that.” It’s the need to be seen, to be heard. Maybe even the need to be recognized. This all comes from a thought I had last Saturday.
Is serving in the Kingdom about the position you serve in?
Is it about who you serve with?
Or is it about who you serve? (Jesus)
What really is it about though? It’s about our relationship with Jesus. (That is my opinion.) Think back to the movie Castaway. I think most everyone that is reading this has probably seen the movie. But if you have not, let me set this up for you. Tom Hanks works for Federal Express and is on a transatlantic flight when his plane goes down in the middle of the ocean. He’s the only Survivor. At least Gilligan at 6 Castaways to keep him company. All Tom Hanks had was a picture of his fiancé to keep him going. He didn’t even have Jesus like we do. If I am on that plane and it goes down and I am the only person that survived the crash. Which means I am the only person on the deserted island, what’s going to keep me going? All I have is my relationship with Jesus and the scripture that’s in my heart. There isn’t going to be anybody that’s going to recognize me. There’s not going to be anybody listening to me speak at the Warrior breakfast. There’s not going to be any more serving on Quest. All that Is left is me and Jesus nothing else matters.
Except of course trying to get off the island and serving Him. Serving Jesus.
In a way I wrote about this back in July, but it was different https://matthew66.com/2018/07/14/do-unto-the-lord/
So, if I ask you what’s more important, who you serve with? What position do you serve in? Or who do you serve. (Jesus)
If anyone serves me, he must follow me; and where I am, there will my servant be also. If anyone serves me, the Father will honor him.
I’m going to end this was a little testimony about my own personal struggle with needing to be recognized. In the early years of serving on Quest. When I say early years, I mean 2006/2007 and part of 2008 it was a big deal for me to be the admin on the event. It was a big deal for me to be a released minister. On the last night the staff gets recognized. The facilitator recognizes everybody who served from the kitchen crew to the apprentice, the Journeymen, the ministry team and I would always get singled out because I was the admin., and I loved it! I also liked for everybody to know how many events I had been on and if you had been on more events than me then I was going to do what I could do to make sure that I served on more events than you did. Crazy right?
It was the look at me and look who I’m serving with and look how many times I have gone back and look at what I have done. I was on the first quest in Alabama. I went on the first dreams and visions the first fire worship, The first Bushdio. I was on the second quest in Michigan. Oh yeah and I did the first fire Worship in Michigan look at me. Look look look at me I’m all that and a bag of chips. Then I went on a quest towards the end of 2008 and Paulie was the facilitator. Some of you guys that have been around for a while know who he is. He’s a great man. I was an admin on this event and at the end of the event when Paulie was supposed to recognize everybody, he didn’t recognize anyone. He forgot, nevertheless I was not happy because I didn’t get recognized for what I did on the event and it hurt. Then the Lord had something to say about that.
The Lord said to me “I’m sorry Kevin I didn’t realize this event was about you and what you have done and who you have served with, I thought Quest was about me and my glory.” Needless to say, that was very painful, but it really opened my eyes. I realized that I was so worried about being recognized and who I served with that I forgot who I was. My whole identity was wrapped up in serving on Quest and being the admin and being on Ministry team and how many times I could go. that’s who I was.
My identity was in what I did not who I was in Christ.
There are times that I still struggle with this but, who doesn’t?
Col 3:1 Since, then, you have been raised with Christ, set your hearts on things above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God. 2 Set your minds on things above, not on earthly things. 3 For you died, and your life is now hidden with Christ in God.