Saturday, May 20, 2017

Am I Winning?

We all want to win.  There's no question about it.  When God made Adam and Eve and put them in the garden, He told them to go and "subdue it" and rule over it.  I like to rephrase it this way:  "Make the place better because you're here!"

Isn't that what we all want?  To know our life is making things better and that someone, somewhere is glad we showed up?

But what exactly is better?  What's the best way to do this?  Is there a simple way to make sure my life is spent the right way?

Jesus said there is, and demonstrated it to us.

Serve Others.

When Jesus' disciples got into a dispute over rank and position and "greatness" right before His crucifixion He pulls them together and made it clear:

Sitting down, He called the Twelve and said to them, “If anyone wants to be first, he must be last of all and servant of all.” 36 Then He took a child, had him stand among them, and taking him in His arms, He said to them, 37 “Whoever welcomes one little child such as this in My name welcomes Me. And whoever welcomes Me does not welcome Me, but Him who sent Me.”  (Mark 9:35-37)

Servant of ALL.  What does that mean?

It means that our goal each day becomes not how much I can achieve, but how much can I bless?

  • At work: how can I bless my boss, my co-workers, my customers?
  • At home: how can I bless my spouse, my children, my parents, my family, my neighbors?
  • Everywhere else:  Am I daily looking to be a blessing no matter where I go, to anyone and everyone I encounter?
And it specifically means the least and lowest around us, the ones that often get overlooked.  Jesus brought the child into their midst to punctuate that.  In their culture children were considered very lowly and should not be bothering anyone.  But Jesus cherished them and esteemed them as a critical target for serving, very high on His list!

Do you see how easy it is to score some wins?  Because people are everywhere, the wins are everywhere! 

Lets knock out some wins for Jesus today, bringing JOY to His heart!  Let's be the servants of ALL!

By Alfred Turley


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