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11/05/2010

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The Wisdom Of Service


"So give your servant an understanding heart to judge Your people and to discern between good and evil. For who is able to judge this great people of yours? And it was pleasing in the sight of the Lord that Solomon had asked this thing" (1 Kings 3: 9-10).

When I walked into a classroom as a teacher for the first time, I realized this. All the training I had done in preparing for this moment left me inadequate in many ways. This class of children was to be mine for an entire school year and there was so much more that I needed to know. Solomon said this; "You have made Your servant king in place of my father David, yet I am but a little child; I do not know how to go out or come in" Solomon was not a little child, at least not physically. He was the son of the great King David and surely he had watched his father rule and been nurtured for this moment. But this was reality, and Solomon felt inadequate. As he prayed to God, he could have asked for many things. Solomon asked for the ability to discern between good and evil so that he could judge his people well. If it were you or me, we may have asked for wealth, comfort, a long life or even the death of our enemies. Solomon asked for wisdom....The really cool part of this story is God's response..."And it was pleasing in the sight of the Lord that Solomon had asked this thing."

Solomon wanted to serve his people well. Here are the words of Jesus; "He who loves his life loses it, but he who hates his life in this world will keep it to life eternal" (John 12:25). With this statement, a powerful tone has been set! Jesus said that through losing His life he gained life...REAL LIFE! Solomon sets a good example for us here. He was more interested in the people than in himself. The way to a good and satisfying life comes by emptying one's self. Those who set out to serve only themselves, and put their needs and priorities before others, are destined to live a miserable life, lost and alone. As long as Solomon continued on the course that God had initiated on that day of his prayer, all went well. When he turned from that way, everything fell apart. A good lesson! Thinking back to that day in my life, I should have asked God for the wisdom to serve these children that I had been chosen to serve. We show the Lord's wisdom in our service...

Have a wonderful day...Let your light shine for Him.... Love mark Phil. 4:11

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