Goals & Dreams, Humility, Servitude

The Kingdom’s Greatest!

I am a mountain

I am a tall tree

Oh, I am a swift wind

Sweeping the country…

If anybody asks u who I am

Just stand up tall look ’em in the face and say,

I’m that star up in the sky

I’m that mountain peak up high

Hey, I made it

I’m the world’s greatest!

Those are some of the lyrics to R. Kelly’s song, “The World’s Greatest.” I’ve heard this song several times sung by graduating classes at commencement ceremonies. As I proudly watched and listened, I could see destiny in the eyes of the graduates. It was always my prayer that they would truly grasp that they are great and run with that mindset. Graduating classes are not the only ones desiring greatness; we all do in one area or another. Some of us desire to be good mothers, entrepreneurs, cooks, wives, friends, sisters, leaders, teachers, and the list continues. However, we must ask ourselves what standard of greatness am I trying to reach? Is it the world’s or the Kingdom’s? There is a mandate that God places on us when we want to be great in His Kingdom!

James and John, Zebedee’s sons, came up to him. “Teacher, we have something we want you to do for us.” “What is it? I’ll see what I can do.” “Arrange it,” they said, “so that we will be awarded the highest places of honor in your glory—one of us at your right, the other at your left.” Jesus said, “You have no idea what you’re asking. Are you capable of drinking the cup I drink, of being baptized in the baptism I’m about to be plunged into?” “Sure,” they said. “Why not?” Jesus said, “Come to think of it, you will drink the cup I drink, and be baptized in my baptism. But as to awarding places of honor, that’s not my business. There are other arrangements for that.” When the other ten heard of this conversation, they lost their tempers with James and John. Jesus got them together to settle things down. “You’ve observed how godless rulers throw their weight around,” he said, “and when people get a little power how quickly it goes to their heads. It’s not going to be that way with you. Whoever wants to be great must become a servant. Whoever wants to be first among you must be your slave. That is what the Son of Man has done: He came to serve, not to be served—and then to give away his life in exchange for many who are held hostage.” (Mark 10:35-45 MSG)

Let’s break that entire passage down:

In verses 35-38, James and John desired to be great and reign with Jesus. Jesus asked them could they really drink of the cup that He drank of. We must be careful what we ask for. Yes, Jesus is not selfish; He wants to share His power, authority, and dominion with us, but the question is can we drink of the cup? Can we drink of the cup of sacrifice, holiness, giving, sanctification, compassion, forgiveness, faithfulness, obedience, and last but not least SELFLESS service?

In verses 39-40, James and John said they were able to handle the cup. Jesus agreed. And so are we!! The reason Jesus agreed was because He knew that after He left He was leaving the Comforter (Holy Spirit) which would assist with the partaking of the cup! (When the pressures of life are present, don’t forget the power that raised Jesus from the dead lives on the inside of you and will guide you to all truths and translate the plan of the Father to you.)

In verses 41-45, the other ten disciples got angry. (Please know when you’re pursuing greatness, haters and nay-sayers will be angry, but that should not stop your pursuit!) Jesus used this moment to teach. He told them how they’d seen how godless rulers (the world) throw their weight around, but that wouldn’t be their story! He let them know His expectations (standards) of His followers were different from the world. Then Jesus announced, in HIS KINGDOM if we want to be GREAT we MUST BE A SERVANT!!!!! Then He gave His mission statement: He came to serve, not to be served! God in the flesh gave up His privileges to serve us by carrying the cross and dying!!!! His selflessness was great; that’s how He became great! To become the Kingdom’s greatest, we must empty ourselves and SERVE!

Dear Daddy,

I come humbly asking to be great in Your Kingdom. Father, I desire to be great to bring Your name and Kingdom glory. Father, in the name of Jesus, reveal the motives in my heart. Shine Your light on any dark area that will cause me not to achieve greatness by Your expectations. Father, I truly want to be used by You. I thank You for a spirit of wisdom and revelation. I thank You that the eyes of my understanding are enlightened that I may know the hope and purpose of my call.  In Jesus’ Name, Amen!

Ladies, I EMPOWER you to grasp the mindset that you are GREAT in God’s Kingdom and run with it! I EMPOWER you to get a mission statement like Jesus. Ask the Holy Spirit what God has ordained for you to be GREAT in your MISSION and make a STATEMENT by standing on it!

How have you furthered Jesus’ mission by serving others? Share your story with us below.

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Ms. Rodnisha L. Anderson resides in Chicago, IL and serves as an elder at Life Redeeming Ministries. She works diligently with the Singles and Intercessory ministries. She is married to the Lord and becomes whatever she needs to become to reach the people for the building of God’s kingdom. Rodnisha truly desires to witness successful single women thriving in the kingdom of God.  Her favorite scripture is 1 Timothy 4:12: “Don’t let anyone think less of you because you are young. Be an example to all believers in what you say, in the way you live, in your love, your faith, and your purity.”

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Expectations, Motivation, Trusting God

Expect Greatness

As a mother, daughter, and friend I often hear myself being the encourager.  When my son says, “Mom, I can’t tie my shoe”, I assure him that he can if he just tries again.  When my mom calls me and tells me about her day at work and she’s frustrated about a co-worker, I just tell her to be strong and try not to let it bother her.  When a friend is at a low point and they feel like God is not on their side and they say things like, “A black cloud must be over me,” I comfort them by encouraging them to be patient and try speaking good things about themselves and their life.  I’m optimistic, even when it’s not realistic to be.  I was once told to try expecting greatness.

There are a few principles that I have been told in the past to help me change me.  True to popular belief, we are our own worst enemy.  First, I had to learn to talk more about the God I serve more than I talk about the enemy that attacks me.  See, the devil is getting too much air time.  When something bad happens we talk about that awful devil way too much.   We must recognize who we are and who we belong to.

Those who live in the shelter of the Most High will find rest in the shadow of the Almighty.  This I declare about the Lord: He alone is my refuge, my place of safety; he is my God and I trust him.  For he will rescue you from every trap and protect you from deadly disease.  He will cover you with his feathers.  He will shelter you with his wings.  His faithful promises are your armor and protection. (Psalms 91:1-4 NLT)

So instead of complaining about you know who, just speak life. Praise God for His goodness.  As it says in Philippians 4:6, “Don’t worry about anything instead pray about everything.  Tell God what you need, and thank him for all he has done.” (NLT)

Secondly, don’t put up with anything or anybody that’s not fruitful.  How can we expect great things when negative people or things are in our way?

The next morning as they were leaving Bethany, Jesus was hungry.  He noticed a fig tree in full leaf a little way off, so he went over to see if he could find any figs.  But there were only leaves because it was too early in the season for fruit.  The Jesus said to the tree, “May no one ever eat your fruit again.” (Mark 11:12-14 NLT)

So I surround myself with fruitful, positive people.  If someone isn’t adding to my life in some way, they are taking from me.

Last but not least, when we are expecting we must remain obedient to God’s word.

If you fully obey the Lord your God and carefully keep all his commands that I am giving you today, the Lord your God will set you high above all the nations of the world.  You will experience all these blessings if you obey the Lord your God:

Your towns and your fields will be blessed. Our children and your crops will be blessed; the offspring of your herds and flocks will be blessed. Your fruit baskets and breadboards will be blessed.  Wherever you go and whatever you do, you will be blessed.   (Deuteronomy 28:1-6 NLT)

I will expect greatness as I continue fighting the good fight!

Dear Daddy,

You are more than enough for me, and I thank You for placing expectancy in my heart.  I am Your child and You said that I am an heir of Your glory.  I thank You for the anointing that is on me.  Because of Your word I will speak greatness over my life continuously and expect favor.  In Jesus’ Name, Amen!

Ladies, I EMPOWER you to live life expecting great things to happen.  Wake up in the morning and say, “Today is going to be a great day” and believe it.  Say what will be before it ever happens.  In the natural world there are 4 seasons winter, spring, summer and fall.  As a Christian there are 5 season’s winter, spring, summer, fall and due season.  May you experience your due season, and God’s will be done in your life.  Greatness is all over you.

Ms. Hassanah White is a dedicated member of Faith Walkers Church in Birmingham, Alabama where their motto is to “Walk it out by Faith.”  She also serves as a member of the Praise Dance Ministry.  Hassanah is a true professional in the realm of marketing and customer service.  She’s a proud mother of a very energetic little boy named Jaden.  Hassanah believes laughter and prayer are the best medicines for any situation.  Her favorite scripture is Hebrews 11:6: “And without Faith it is impossible to please GOD, because anyone who comes to Him must BELIEVE that He exists and that He REWARDS those who earnestly seek Him.”