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The Four A's Of Servitude


"The good man brings good things out of the good stored up in him, and the evil man brings evil things out of the evil stored up in him" (Matt.12:35).

It is not enough to just be a servant, because in serving Christ we want to do our very best. Lets look today about what it takes to be a really good servant... The are four attributes that all begin with the letter "A" to help us remember...

(1) Attitude: Today's verse points out that in order for us to do the good work of serving others, we must look into our hearts. We are to serve out of love ---- a love for God and a love for our fellow man as Jesus explained in Matt.22:36-39). We are to serve with an attitude of meekness, showing kindness and gentleness towards others. The people of the world may exert their authority over others with arrogance, but we are to be the humble servants. That's what the "foot washing" from yesterday's devotional was all about

(2) Awareness: A good servant's life will be marked by alertness and diligence. We have to be aware of our own talents, and use them as opportunities arise to help others. We must be aware of our tasks, and not need to be reminded that there is a job to be done. Jesus always responded to the needs of others, so we must see and respond also...

(3) Action: The word "serve" is a verb, and verbs are action words... We may be called upon to meet physical needs of others, such as food, clothing or housing. Some needs might be emotional, so we must be ready to lend an ear or weep with those who weep... There are times that we must meet spiritual needs as we might help "babes in Christ" to find their way. We might also need to aid those who are struggling spiritually.

(4) Availability: Serving others requires our time. In a world in which people have difficulty in finding time to help others, a good servant finds that time... Serving others requires our personal involvement. Jesus found people to help in the synagogues, on the streets and in homes and marketplaces.... Lastly, servitude requires sacrifice. In the Parable of the Good Samaritan, unalike the priest and Levite, the Samaritan made himself available to the wounded man. He sacrificed his safety, his time, his property, and the comfort of riding on his own animal. He did all of this to meet the needs of someone he did not even know. There are times that we may have to make sacrifices to meet the needs of others.

Jesus was not a CEO, a successful lawyer, a champion athlete, a doctor, or a performer. He was a servant...

Have a great day... T G I F Today God Is First.... Love mark Phil.4:11

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