Today we are kicking off our Daughters of Fire video series to discover how to passionately live for Jesus in an increasingly dark world. In this week’s video I introduce you to someone who can help us do just that. His name is Elijah and from his powerful testimony and bold passion for God we learn the most important call on all our lives.
Dear Heavenly Father, thank You for giving me purpose. I pray for the strength and desire to serve you in all I do to fulfil the purpose You have given me. I love You. In Jesus Christ Name I pray. Amen.
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Hello Beloved! Today we are officially starting our Daughters of Fire Series where we are learning life lessons and wisdom from Elijah in the Bible on how to live passionate lives for Jesus Christ. So to get started with this series I thought it would be good to discuss who is the Elijah? Well honestly other than the account of him that we will study in this Bible study series we do not know much about his background. In my book Daughters of Fire I compare Elijah to a shooting star because he comes seemingly out of nowhere. But he could not have come at a more perfect time in Israelite history.
Let me give you some quick background. At the time Elijah enters the scene the Israelites are being led by the most evil king ever; King Ahab. Those are not my words, the Bible literally tells us King Ahab was the most evil King in Israelite history. He and his wife, you may have heard of her, Queen Jezebel have lead the Israelites the furthest from God that they had ever been. They single handedly institutionalized worship of the false god Baal and cultivated a culture where the Israelites no longer served their One True God alone, as they had been called to do.
In comes Elijah. God calls Elijah to turn the Israelites hearts back to their One True God. So Elijah approaches King Ahab about the matter and in 1 Kings 17:1 we read the very first mention of Elijah in the Bible:
“Now Elijah the Tishbite, from Tishbe in Gilead, said to Ahab, “As the Lord, the God of Israel, lives, whom I serve, there will be neither dew nor rain in the next few years except at my word.”” – 1 Kings 17:1 NIV
Let me help you understand how bold of a move this was on Elijah’s part. He steps to the King, who serves this false god Baal, and reminds him two things about the God is Israel: He is the Lord, and He is alive.
Elijah is like, look I don’t know what’s going on here with this little Baal situation you got going on here but the Lord is the One True God and it is He that is the real deal.
Now notice with me here, Elijah doesn’t even tell King Ahab his name, he don’t need to know all that, he just needs to know the Lord is God. The only thing Elijah wants you to know about himself is that he is a servant of the Lord, the One True God of Israel.
In my book Daughters of Fire I discuss 3 qualities of a Daughter of Fire and I want to share one of them with you today and that is: she understands that she is a servant of the Lord. Not only that but she is not ashamed to let it be known. See we live in a society where everyone wants to be followed and liked. We’ve made life all about us. But Elijah sets a completely different example for someone who is set apart. Those in service to God are not looking to advance their own agenda but God’s, no matter what that looks like.
Those that will make the biggest impact in our world, our culture and churches and homes will be the servants. Those whose lights will shine brightest will not be the ones with the most Instagram followers or faces plastered on billboards. It will be the humble servants of God, those willing to tell God yes no matter how ordinary or grand or mundane or spectacular the call is. For the Daughter of Fire it’s not about her, it’s all about Jesus.Those that will make the biggest impact in our world, in our culture and churches and homes will be the servants. Click To Tweet
During Jesus’ ministry a mother approached Him and asked that her two sons sit by Jesus’s sides in the Kingdom of God. She desired that her sons be great, she wanted them to be important and high ranking within God’s kingdom. But listen to what Jesus says to her sons in Matthew 20:25-28:
Jesus called them together and said, “You know that the rulers of the Gentiles lord it over them, and their high officials exercise authority over them. Not so with you. Instead, whoever wants to become great among you must be your servant, and whoever wants to be first must be your slave— just as the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.” – Matthew 20:25-28 NIV
Jesus had to get at the heart of the matter here. If you want to be great you better be ready to serve. Do not aspire a high position because you want to feel important. Do not want to be a good Christian so you and flaunt how good you are. What glory does that give our Savior who served us, how does that reflect His servant’s heart? It doesn’t.
Before I was a mom I worked both in corporate America and the government for a few years. As I was just getting started I held my fair share of positions as receptionist, assistant and even intern. And throughout those years there would be people that I would encounter that were in higher positions than me that would lord it over me as Jesus describes in the verse we just read. They would say little smart comments or do certain things to stress the fact that in this company or department I was not highly ranked as them. And at first this really bothered me. But as I grew more in Christ and who I was in Him I started to feel bad for these people. I was able to realize how pitiful it was for someone to have to put someone else down to make themselves feel better. If you need to do all that to boost your ego something is wrong and your faith and confidence is in the wrong place.
That attitude is the exact opposite of that which Jesus is calling us to. If we want to live on fire for Him and live passionate lives that give Him glory we must have hearts ready to serve. If you want God to call you to do great things for His kingdom, be ready to serve.Being a servant is not tearing yourself down, it’s raising Christ up. It’s looking less at yourself and more at God. Click To Tweet
And it is this type of heart that is crucial for Daughters of Fire. Because all of you watching today have high callings on your life. And if you answer that call thinking it’s only about you, then you will not be fully equipped to fulfill the purpose that God had placed on your life.
Now let me make this clear, Being a servant is not tearing yourself down, it’s raising Christ up. It’s looking less at yourself and more at God. This is so important because the call on your life is bigger than you and you cannot accomplish it in your own strength. So when we have a servant’s heart we are able to more readily rely on God’s strength because we are not so distracted by our weakness. It’s in a servant’s heart that we look to God and find strength we never imagined. The strength we desperately need to be His Daughters of Fire.
Now let’s keep this conversation going Beloved! Comment and let me know, how is God calling you to serve and how are you answering that call? I cannot wait to read how mighty God is using His daughters!
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