Friday, November 07, 2008

Daily Digest #173

The Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve. —Mark 10:45

When Jesus came down to serve mankind, He was full of love and grace. He lived for others. And He drew His strength from His Father to keep going until His task is done. His life is a perfect example of service -- selfless and ever faithful.

Ultimately, what matters is the heart that comes along with service. We serve, not merely out of obligation, but out of love. There's joy every time our hands are outstretched for others; or when our arms are wrapped around a grieving brother or sister; or when our time tables are messed up just to keep somebody company.

We can find the need to serve wherever we are. There's always someone in need of help, and every opportunity doesn't come along twice. The only question is, are we going to take the role?

Let's look around us and find that person whose life we'll touch today. There's always one. For this, let us pray. May we keep our eyes open, and prepare ourselves for service at all times. May we grow a humble servant's heart, seeking wisdom and strength from God, just as His Son did. Pray always.

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We continually remember before our God and Father your work produced by faith, your labor prompted by love, and your endurance inspired by hope in our Lord Jesus Christ. 1 Thessalonians 1:3 (NIV)

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Today's guest devotional is provided by Jon Walker

When Jesus loves, he works up a sweat; he rolls up his sleeves, gets on his knees, and washes our feet with his blood, sweat, and tears.

He labors at love, though his love is never like labor. He's a giver, not a taker, loving us into being with a gifted carpenter's hands. And he's no slacker, loving us until we can take no more; no more because we're filled to overflowing, his love spilling and splashing through our pores into the cores of those we love with his love, a love's labor not lost on a world that needs to be found.

He wrestles our fears and wrangles our doubts and labors at love until he's exhausted, lying prone in a garden, drinking from God's cup the nourishment necessary for one last heroic sweaty, bloody, tearful lift of the Father's infinite love; ready to die for God's undying love.

A Jesus-love sticks to it, even when the it seems like an unstickable fury that's no longer fun or convenient or even something you want to do. Jesus keeps on laboring in you and through you, finishing what he started, loving until the last with a love that lasts forever (John 13:1).

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