Peace and grace in the love of our Lord Jesus Christ.Luke 9:46-489:46. Then a dispute arose among them as to which of them would be greatest.
9:47. And Jesus, perceiving the thought of their heart, took a little child and set him by Him,
9:48. and said to them, "Whoever receives this little child in My name receives Me; and whoever receives Me receives Him who sent Me. For he who is least among you all will be great."There are two life systems as follows
- Worldly system. It means one wants to be the greatest among others so it results in dispute.
Consequently, he will perish in the world.
- Heavenly life system, namely one follows the right process, namely becoming the least.
It means we become a child and humble our life as low as we can, so we will be lifted high up to the throne of heaven.
The process from the great to the least can be learnt from Jesus on the cross (it has been explained in Youth Service in Malang, April 23, 2016
The place to experience the process from the great to the least can be learnt from Moses.Exodus 3:1-3
3:1. Now Moses was tending the flock of Jethro his father-in-law, the priest of Midian. And he led the flock to the back of the desert, and came to Horeb, the mountain of God.
3:2. And the Angel of the LORD appeared to him in a flame of fire from the midst of a bush. So he looked, and behold, the bush was burning with fire, but the bush was not consumed.
3:3. Then Moses said, "I will now turn aside and see this great sight, why the bush does not burn."
Moses experienced the process from the great to the least, namely he wanted to leave the house of Pharaoh to become a shepherd.
So, the place to experience the process from the great to the least is in the shepherding
In the shepherding, Moses saw the great sight, namely the bush was burning with fire but the bush was not consumed.
The bush came from the world. It refers to the carnal men.
The fire came from God. It refers to the fire from the heaven.
The fire from God is the power of God to process the carnal man from the great to the least.
The fire from God is the one of the word of God, Holy Spirit, and the love of God which comes from the shepherding, namely perseverance in committing three kinds of main service and they are as follows:
- The Golden Candlestick: perseverance in committing general service, including youth service= fellowship with Holy Spirit God in His gifts.
- The Table of Showbread: perseverance in committing bible study service and Holy Communion= fellowship with Son of God in true teaching word and Christ's sacrifice.
- The Golden Altar of Incense: perseverance in committing prayer service= fellowship with God the Father in His love. We feel the fire of God's love.
The fire in the shepherding will not consume us, but makes us small.
Outside shepherding, we meet the fire of flesh that will totally consume us up to perishing in the hell.Revelation 12:1
12:1. Now a great sign appeared in heaven: a woman clothed with the sun, with the moon under her feet, and on her head a garland of twelve stars.
The purpose of the great sight is until we appear as the heavenly bride with the light of the sun, the moon, and the stars or we become spotless.Exodus 3:4-5
3:4. So when the LORD saw that he turned aside to look, God called to him from the midst of the bush and said, "Moses, Moses!" And he said, "Here I am."
3:5. Then He said, "Do not draw near this place. Take your sandals off your feet, for the place where you stand is holy ground."
Moses experienced the purification through the shepherding up to he took his sandals off his feet.
It means Moses experienced sanctification of the physical and spiritual life, so he could appear as a newborn
A baby only cries. It means we only worship God and hope to God's great mercy through His sacrifice on the cross.Exodus 2:62:6. And when she had opened it, she saw the child, and behold, the baby wept. So she had compassion on him, and said, "This is one of the Hebrews' children."
God reminded Moses that he had been in the hand of the daughter of Pharaoh when he had been a baby.
It means Moses should have died. God reminded Moses not to rely on his own power. We are just a baby no matter how great we are.
The results are as follow:
- Moses was lifted up from the water.
It means we are lifted up from fallings, sins, et cetera.
If we cry and confess to God, we will be restored. We can live in righteousness, so we are saved.
Physically, God's merciful hand is able to help us from all impossible problems in His time.
- God lifts us up to become the sons of King, namely becoming the priests and kings or the minister of God.
Physically, God makes everything successful and beautiful in our life. God guarantees our life.
- God lifted up Moses to the heaven.
1:9. Yet Michael the archangel, in contending with the devil, when he disputed about the body of Moses, dared not bring against him a reviling accusation, but said, "The Lord rebuke you!"
It means we are purified and renewed continuously up to perfection like God. We become as glorious as God and we do not stumble in word.
We are lifted up to the throne of heaven forever.
3:2. For we all stumble in many things. If anyone does not stumble in word, he is a perfect man, able also to bridle the whole body.
God blesses us.