Only one can be last

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Indeed there are those who are last who will be first, and first who will be last.” – Luke 13:30

I met with a writer friend last night to discuss a workshop we will be giving at Maranatha Christian Writers Conference. We both feel so blessed to be given the opportunity to share what we’ve learned with others. We know that it’s not about us at that conference, but about what God is doing.

In being a servant, there are occasions where we strive to be last and help others, and then God will turn that around and put us at the front of the line, but it is for his glory and purpose that we obediently go there. It is always a benefit to help others … not only does it feel good, but there is a purpose in it. The cycle of serving needs to be modeled to reproduce.

Prayer: Thank you, Lord, for the times you allow me to serve. They are rich moments in my life. Your purpose shines through as I join you in what you are doing. Amen

Faith Tip: Race to be last. Consider first how you can serve rather than be served.

Okay, who’s really being blessed?

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“The King will reply, ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me’” (Matthew 25:40)

Milk, bananas and beans. That’s what the mother standing in line had at the checkout. Her two lovely children, must have been 5 years and younger, were patiently waiting. The card she was using to pay wasn’t working and she didn’t have any cash on her. She was embarrassed and discouraged and apologized as she began to move out of the aisle. Another woman called out to her to wait. She paid for the items for the woman with the children. Relief washed over the face of the mother, and surprisingly, over the clerk’s face. In fact, smiles were all around by all who witnessed the King at work through one of his disciples. God showed up. Not only were the mother and children blessed, but so was everyone else.

Giving to the Lord is never about a duty to perform. It is about experiencing God in a profound way personally. Answering the call of God gives you an opportunity to shine the light of Jesus to those who are the least of these…and who are they? Take a look in the mirror.

Prayer: Lord, thank you for the call you put on my life. I pray that I will never give you a busy signal when you call. I want to experience you and shine your light in areas of darkness. Amen

Faith Tip: Be alert to the call of God today and be ready to act.

Are your ears perked?

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Then He said to them, “Follow Me, and I will make you fishers of men (Matthew 4:19).

This morning, I was reminded of the great song, “Here I Am, Lord.” I love it because it speaks of who God is and who we are. God being the Master shares his heart with the people who serve him. Are we listening? Do we perk our ears to hear any word from the Lord knowing the great value of it? Are we waiting expectantly hoping to be used by God?

When Samuel was first called (1 Samuel 3), he thought it was Eli calling him. But Eli soon realized it was the Lord calling Samuel. Samuel answered God with, “Speak, for your servant is listening.” His ears waited expectantly. His heart anticipated the call of God. He was ready.

Listening is an important part of relating to God. He has so much to tell us. His love for us is evident in this. He longs for our time with him alone. It is high priority to our Lord. He fills our hearts with his heart’s desire. Are we ready?

Here I am Lord

Is it I Lord?

I have heard you calling in the night

I will go Lord

If you lead me

I will hold your people in my heart.

Prayer: Your people are highly valued by you, and what more can I do for you than to hold them in my heart and love them as you do. Guide me, dear Lord, in what you have for me to do. I am listening. Amen

Faith Tip: Practice listening to God today by just being quiet and opening your heart and mind to what he has to say to you.

Whatever you do today…

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So whether you eat or drink or whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God. (1 Corinthians 10:31)

So what are you going to do today? I started making my list of things to do which include running errands, working on writing projects, exercising and more. It’s wonderful how God has provided for us each day just what we need. He gets all the glory for it. But we can also give God the glory in doing our daily tasks.

Whenever we eat something, is it something healthy that is good for us, or are we hitting the fast food line and becoming overwhelmed in artery clogging fat and sodium? Which choice would glorify God? It’s all about making the best choices. When we run errands, are we conscious of the contacts we make during this time? What opportunities does God give us to glorify him? Even in our daily work, we are given many opportunities to show people who we belong to and serve—a very loving God.

Prayer: Lord, I thank you for all the opportunities you give to us that we can glorify you. If we stopped to consider how many times per day we can do this, we would be astonished. I pray that I can be conscious of these opportunities and make the right choices in glorifying you for you are so worthy. Amen

Faith tip: Consider what you are doing right now and how that can glorify God. Repeat throughout the day.

What will not be forgotten

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God is not unjust; he will not forget your work and the love you have shown him as you have helped his people and continue to help them. (Hebrews 6:10)

The woman carefully bandaged the old man’s arm. The bed sores were getting worse, so she wanted to take every precaution to fight against infection. Looking into his sunken eyes, she felt compassion for him. The man’s daughter came home and put some groceries on the table.

“You have been so great, Aggie, in taking care of my father. I don’t know what I would do without you.”

She patted the girl’s arm. “It is my pleasure, Sue. God is so good.”

“I wish you would let me pay you for your time and care.”

Thank you for offering, but I really don’t need the money. I just want to be where God is working. I imagine myself taking care of Jesus himself when I care for others. I am so blessed.”

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Sometimes we wonder how people can serve others in what the world says are lowly ways. Being a servant is what God has called us to be. Jesus was a servant. He modeled the pattern for servant hood. He gave it all for us.

Some strive to be remembered after they are gone from this life, but all things on earth will be no more. However, we have the promise that God will not forget how we love him and love his people. That will never be erased.

Prayer: Thank you, Lord, for the opportunities I have to serve you. I pray that I can see you in all the people I serve and continue to show them your love. Amen.

Faith tip: Discern between the things you do today that will perish with the earth and that will be remembered by God always.