II CORINTHIANS 11:3-5: “But I fear that somehow your pure and undivided devotion to Christ will be corrupted, just as Eve was deceived by the cunning ways of the serpent. You happily put up with whatever anyone tells you, even if they preach a different Jesus than the one we preach, or a different kind of Spirit than the one you received, or a different kind of gospel than the one you believed. But I don’t consider myself inferior in any way to these “super apostles” who teach such things.” (NLT)‭‭

OBSERVATION: “Super-stars” or “Super-servants” – What does the Lord call us to be? Today there is an obsession with superheroes. The comic book franchise has taken off on both the small screen and the movie screen. This obsession with the “super” is nothing new. It is not a product of our 21st Century. In essence, it is the product of the desire of man to be like God. It began in the Garden of Eden, was prevalent in the Corinthian church, and is rampant in our current culture and the contemporary church of our day.

What is the characteristic of this “super” obsession? It is the insatiable desire for the sensational, the supernatural, and the exciting – in a disproportionate way. This preoccupation with the “external” becomes so important that people are led quickly into deception, even embracing a different Jesus, a different Gospel, and a different Spirit. Paul goes on to note the character quality of these so called – “superstar apostles”.

  • “These people are false apostles. They are deceitful workers who disguise themselves as apostles of Christ. But I am not surprised! Even Satan disguises himself as an angel of light. So it is no wonder that his servants also disguise themselves as servants of righteousness. In the end they will get the punishment their wicked deeds deserve.” ‭‭2 Corinthians‬ ‭11:13-15‬ ‭NLT‬‬

Jesus said that we will know a true apostle (and disciple) by their fruits. It is important to note that Jesus did not say we will know them by their title, by their power, or by their miraculous works (read Matthew 7:21-23). None of these is the deciding factor. The real test is “fruit”. It is not who one claims to be, or what one does, it is ultimately who one is! And here is a key – a true apostle of Jesus Christ will never fixate on a title or hunger for personal recognition.

A true apostle (and disciple) of Jesus Christ will be a servant!

  • “So Jesus called them together and said, “You know that the rulers in this world lord it over their people, and officials flaunt their authority over those under them. But among you it will be different. Whoever wants to be a leader among you must be your servant, and whoever wants to be first among you must be the slave of everyone else. For even the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve others and to give his life as a ransom for many.” ‭‭Mark‬ ‭10:42-45‬ ‭NLT‬‬

So here is an important warning in this day of superhero obsession – God’s true superheroes are super-servants! They are not the ones who everyone knows. You will not see their faces on billboards or plastered in magazines. You will find them working with the poor, shepherding the local flock of God without notoriety, visiting the imprisoned and in-firmed. They are the missionary in the field serving daily without any fanfare, the nurse, school teacher, homemaker, factory worker, and the businessman living out their faith with true Christian character. When we sit at the Lord’s Banqueting Table, when the Eternal Rewards are given to His children, we will be truly surprised to see who God’s True Superstars really are!

  • “Then these righteous ones will reply, ‘Lord, when did we ever see you hungry and feed you? Or thirsty and give you something to drink? Or a stranger and show you hospitality? Or naked and give you clothing? When did we ever see you sick or in prison and visit you?’ “And the King will say, ‘I tell you the truth, when you did it to one of the least of these my brothers and sisters, you were doing it to me!” (‭‭Matthew‬ ‭25:37-40‬ ‭NLT‬‬)

Lord, help me be a fruitful and faithful servant.

In Jesus Name!

About Kirk's Devotional Journal

Kirk L. Zehnder is the Founder of Resurrection Christian Outreach. RCO is a ministry that promotes the growth and vitality of the local church through speaking engagements, seminars, various media tools, and written curriculum and books. This ministry was started over 35 years ago by Kirk as a means to strengthen the church that he was pastoring. It grew as Kirk began to share these tools with other churches. Today many of the materials are being used by local churches both nationally and internationally. Kirk's Devotional Journal is a result of struggling with Bible reading programs that never seemed to work. Kirk feels the Lord helped him discover an easy-to-follow program to Read, Reflect, Pray, and Journal through the Bible in one year. This program is called L.I.F.E. Unlike other programs there are no dates to follow. You can miss a day and still complete your reading. You never feel like the dates and verses you missed are chasing you. You are free to enjoy your daily Biblical journey and listen to the voice of The Lord. For more information on the L.I.F.E. plan, send an email to rcoutreach@aol.com. Kirk is also available for speaking engagements, seminars, and retreats. With over 40 years of professional business and pastoral ministry experience, Kirk brings a unique combination of practical wisdom, humor, and Biblical insight. If you would like Kirk to speak at your church, school, or ministry, please send an email to rcoutreach@aol.com and we will get back to you as soon as possible to discuss your opportunity.
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