Your eagerness is a sign of a ready spirit; one that I can work with. You understand that, to be stubborn, is the direct opposite of willing. You cannot serve two masters.
I require a willing heart.
It is a lonely trail for those who wish to serve Me, yet remain stubborn, for I cannot use you until you lay that down. Do you realize that, to be stubborn, you serve yourself? You cannot serve two masters.
Do you call Me Lord, or do you take the throne?
I call you to sit in heavenly places with Me, but how you position yourself is the key. Recall the one who claimed the best seat, yet was asked to step down for another who was chosen.
Submit to My Word–expecting to serve, and I will call you higher, to a place you deserve. But to remain ‘stubborn’ and ‘planted’, you’ll soon be supplanted, by the one that’s willing to serve.
Serve My Word to ‘find’ your place.
You will find your ‘place’, when you are willing to serve.
“And James and John, the sons of Zebedee, came forward to him, and said to him, “Teacher, we want you to do for us whatever we ask of you.” And he said to them, “What do you want me to do for you?” And they said to him, “Grant us to sit, one at your right hand and one at your left, in your glory.”
But Jesus said to them, “You do not know what you are asking. Are you able to drink the cup that I drink, or to be baptized with the baptism with which I am baptized?” And they said to him, “We are able.” And Jesus said to them, “The cup that I drink you will drink; and with the baptism with which I am baptized, you will be baptized; but to sit at my right hand or at my left is not mine to grant, but it is for those for whom it has been prepared.”
And when the ten heard it, they began to be indignant at James and John. And Jesus called them to him and said to them, “You know that those who are supposed to rule over the Gentiles lord it over them, and their great men exercise authority over them. But it shall not be so among you; but whoever would be great among you must be your servant, and whoever would be first among you must be slave of all. For the Son of man also came not to be served but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.” Mark 10:35-45
“Now he told a parable to those who were invited, when he marked how they chose the places of honor, saying to them, “When you are invited by any one to a marriage feast, do not sit down in a place of honor, lest a more eminent man than you be invited by him; and he who invited you both will come and say to you, ‘Give place to this man,’ and then you will begin with shame to take the lowest place.
But when you are invited, go and sit in the lowest place, so that when your host comes he may say to you, ‘Friend, go up higher; then you will be honored in the presence of all who sit at table with you. For every one who exalts himself will be humbled, and he who humbles himself will be exalted.” Luke 14:7-11
“Truly, truly, I say to you, unless a grain of wheat falls into the earth and dies, it remains alone; but if it dies, it bears much fruit. He who loves his life loses it, and he who hates his life in this world will keep it for eternal life. If any one serves me, he must follow me; and where I am, there shall my servant be also; if any one serves me, the Father will honor him.” John 12:24-26