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02/07/2017

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The Security Of Being A Servant


"For it is not the one who commends himself who is approved, but the one who the Lord commends" (2 Cor.10:18).

When we decide that we must be a servant as Jesus was, we have to settle our identity in Christ. The central theme of today's devotional is that only really secure people can serve. Why? Because insecure folks are always worrying about how they appear to others. I think that the words in today's verse explains this important issue. Of course we must know that what we are doing in servitude is right, but it must be for the proper reason. For it is not the one who commends himself who is approved, but the one who the Lord commends... The bottom line in all of this is that the Lord is proud of the humility involved in our service. If we serve, as Jesus did, we can expect to be criticized... After all, Jesus was criticized for the things he did, how He did them and even for the type of people He served... The world, and even many of our own brethren may not understand what God values. When we serve, the risk of having our motives questioned is always lurking. We've all heard the innuendos... "You're just being a goody, goody," or "you're just trying to impress someone," are often heard... Our service for Christ is never wasted regardless of what others might say, because true servants base their identity on the Lord. If you get a chance today (make one) read Jn.13:1-8. In this passage, much to Peter's chagrin, Jesus washed the feet of His disciples... "You shall never wash my feet" was Peter's statement... "Unless I wash you, you have no part with me," was Jesus' reply. This act of foot washing was one of the most profound examples of serving from a secure self-image that I have ever read. Washing of feet was the task of a slave and a job devoid of any status. In it, Jesus showed us the real security of being a servant....

Have a great day.... Do good and give God the credit... Love mark Phil.4:11

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