What Kind of Pie?

Weekly Sabbath  Survey
What Kind of Pie?   —  6-20-13
Some months  ago I read an article by Lee Grady telling about a visiting minister  who spoke at a church Grady knew. When the “servant” driver arrived at the hotel  to pick up the minister and assistant, the minister took one look at the SUV and  said, “I can’t ride in THAT!”  The minister went back into the  hotel.  The assistant told the driver the minister would ride only in  a Bentley, Mercedes, or Lincoln Town Car. Grady opined, “And Jesus  rode into town on a donkey.”  He went on to describe the minister’s rude  behavior when arriving at the church. This person is looked up to by  millions of us who have no idea what he/she is really like. About  ten years ago I saw this person myself minister at my church in San  Antonio. He/she was so haughty and full of ‘self’ it was painful  to watch. I felt more like weeping than anything else. The congregation  seemed to love it. But I think this person has never been invited  back there.  

The next day, after reading Lee’s article, I got this from my friend Bonnie  Manning:
At Bible  study a young man was talking about being humble. He started with how the  Son of God washed his disciples’ dirty feet. I thought about how a  couple of the disciples who were actually brothers, wanted to sit beside Jesus in  the kingdom of heaven. While they thought of exalting  themselves Jesus was busy thinking about how He was the Lamb, the  sacrificial lamb, whose blood would be poured out and He then humbly  got on bended knee and began to scrub the feet of men who were busy  exalting themselves. 
Then the mother of James and John, the two  brothers, came to Jesus to plead their cause. She knelt respectfully to ask a  favor “What is your request?” he asked. She replied, “In your Kingdom, please  let my two sons sit in places of honor next to you, one on your right and the  other on your left.”You don’t know what you are asking,” Jesus said to them.  “Are you able to drink the cup I am going to drink?” “We are,” they  answered. Matthew 20:20-22
It seems we Believers and church-goers want  our leaders to be forceful, dynamic speakers. We tend to believe what they  say because of their presentation, as much as the content. We like it when they  dazzle us. We admire them, even help them to adore themselves by  flocking around them. No one speaks up to correct this kind of leader.  Some of them need a BIG bite of humble pie. (Webster:  submission, apology, or retraction usually made under  pressure.)
Where are the people who will speak up and point out the haughty spirit so many Believers  have adopted? I see the people of The  Church who are carrying the holy fire for all the rest of  Christianity. I pray for these who have heard the Lord and answered, “Lord,  we are able.”  These Holy Fire saints are many times surrounded in  their meetings by ones who attend faithfully, but have no fire in them.   The fire people are waiting to spread the fire to anyone who will hear of  it. But so many people in the pew have a puffed up spirit they got  from their teachers. They LOVE the fluffy cotton candy message,  too. The “fire” people sit, weep, and pray, but are not permitted  to speak. They are, of course, too negative. Humility is in short supply, mostly because there is so  little demand for it.
Meanwhile people like that person in Grady’s story  prance around and seem to regard themselves as so very ‘special.’ They get  invited here and there, and write best seller books. I pray for more  discerners among us and discernment in us, or at the least spiritual sense  enough to hear the truth when someone who discerns get to speaks. I  pray we do not confuse a haughty spirit with being confident in the  Lord.  
Here’s the bottom line: from the smallest guy  who mows the grass at the building, all the way up the chain to the Pope or  Billy Graham — if we are not a footwashing servant of the footwashing  King, our supposed salvation may be in peril before the Lord. We must  repent and, if need be, get saved, whatever it is we need to do  to begin serving with humility. I write this harsh  truth for those of us who think they are OK, but may not be. At the  same time I am praying that I am not one of them myself.  Paul  said something about being careful so he, having preached to  others, did not find himself cast aside. [1 Corinthians  9:27]
Many will say to me on that day, “Lord, Lord, didn’t we  prophesy in your name? And in your name we have cast out devils? And in your  name did many miracles?” Then I will declare to them. “I never knew you,  get away from me, you that work iniquity.”  Matthew  9:22-23 
Charlene  Reams Manning
Believer  in the Lord Jesus Messiah

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