Paul Was Knocked Off His High Horse

This week I’m talking about last days leadership. Paul said, "I consider everything a loss compared to the surpassing greatness of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord" (Phil. 3:8). Paul saw his call as an apostle with eyes of humility rather than entitlement. Prior to his conversion Paul was a Pharisee, who saw himself as one entitled to certain benefits and honor as a result of his position. It took the Damascus road experience, being literally knocked off his high horse to bring him to a place of humility-- understanding God’s incredible undeserved grace.

So it is with today's leaders in the church. Many of us need to be knocked off our high horse of entitlement to again embrace grace, the undeserved blessings of God; to embrace humility and rejoice in the honor of being a leader in the body of Christ. Many of us have far too long felt entitled to honor, entitled to financial prosperity, or entitled to respect simply because we have a title. Paul considered all of his entitlements a loss compared to knowing Christ.


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Well said pastor Harvey. I'm just a lay person but I I feel this message ought to affect all of us. It seems the culture of the world today is about self entitlement and it is good to be reading this blog. Thank you for writing this.

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