“Ye serve the Lord Christ.” —Colossians 3:24 To what choice order of officials was this word spoken? To kings who proudly boast a right divine?…
“Mark Anthony yoked two lions to his chariot; but there are two lions no man has ever yoked together— the lion of the tribe of Judah, and the lion of the pit. These can never go together. Two opinions you may hold in politics, perhaps, but then you will be despised by everyone, unless you are of one opinion or the other, and act as an independent man. But two opinions in the matter of soul-religion you cannot hold. If God be God, serve him, and do it thoroughly; but if this world is God, serve it, and make no profession of religion. If you are a worldling, and think the things of the world are the best, serve them; devote yourself to them, do not be kept back by conscience; ignore your conscience, and run into sin. But remember, if the Lord is your God, you cannot have Baal too; you must have one thing or the other. “No man can serve two masters.” If God is served, he will be a master; and if the devil be served, he will not be long before he will be a master; and “you cannot serve two masters.” Oh! Be wise, and do not think that the two can be mingled together.”
“But they held their peace: for by the way they had disputed among themselves, who should be the greatest. And he sat down, and called the twelve, and saith unto them, If any man desire to be first, the same shall be last of all, and servant of all.” —Mark 9:35
A desire to have preeminence among the brethren certainly misses the mark of the kingdom of heaven. Preeminence among the brethren is never a character trait abiding in the hearts of the saints in Christ.
“He saith unto them, How many loaves have ye? go and see. And when they knew, they say, Five, and two fishes.” —Mark 6:38
The Lord didn’t need to ask how much food they had. The Lord of glory knew. He asked, not for His sake, but for their sakes, so that they might know and see the hand of God. “How many loaves have you? Go and see.” Well, there’s five, Lord, and two fish.