Thursday, February 14, 2008

Purpose Driven Life - Day 33 - How Real Servants Act

A great reminder today that God sees and rewards every act of service, even if it's never seen by anyone else.

For those interested my appointment with the consultant went well tonight. He thinks it's quite normal to be as washed out as I've been whilst getting over a kidney infection which is sort of encouraging. He's put me back on antibiotics for 2 more weeks and told me to rest for another week which he reckons should see me right. I'm also going back in a fortnight for a flexible cystoscopy (don't ask!) to try and find out what is causing the infections and work out how to stop it happening again. So positive I guess. Thanks to everyone who's been praying for me - I really appreciate it. Remember Jesus said "But when you pray, go into your room, close the door and pray to your Father, who is unseen. Then your Father, who sees what is done in secret, will reward you." which ties in pretty well with todays chapter.

Remember right now God is smiling over you!

Simon.

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We serve God by serving others!

“You can tell what they are by what they do.” Matthew 7:16 (CEV)

In our self-serving culture with its me-first mentality, acting like a servant is not a popular concept. Jesus, however, measured greatness in terms of service, not status. God determines your greatness by how many people you serve, not how many people serve you. Yet, it is possible to serve in church for a lifetime without ever being a servant. You must have a servant’s heart.


Notoriety means nothing to real servants because they know the difference between prominence and significance. In heaven God is going to openly reward some of his most obscure and unknown servants—people we never heard of on earth, who taught emotionally disturbed children, cleaned up after incontinent elderly, nursed AIDS patients, and served in thousands of other unnoticed ways.

Knowing this, don’t be discouraged when your service is unnoticed or taken for granted. Keep on serving God! “Throw yourselves into the work of the Master, confident that nothing you do for him is a waste of time or effort.” I Corinthians 15:58 (Msg)

Even the smallest service is noticed by God and will be rewarded. Remember the words of Jesus: “If, as my representatives, you give even a cup of cold water to a little child, you will surely be rewarded.” Matthew 10:42 (LB)

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

todays chapter is yet another one that continues to speak to me re serving...i loved the part about the difference in "prominence and significance "

several other statements from earlier in the week have also spoken to me..."impression without expression causes depression...."i can relate to that for the several years when i didnt do much at all and how depressed i was about that...and

"if you arent serving you are just existing because life is meant for serving"...for that period of time i really felt i was just a "bum on a seat" week after week.... just existing from one sunday meeting to another

thursdays chapter talks about "focus on your talents..".and celebrating what God has given me,,,and focus-ing on MY race and not comparing where i am serving with others ..so i will be aiming to"avoid comparisons...resist exaggerations and seek only Gods commendations"

irene m.

simon...thanks for update on how you are....sorry we arent able to meet friday as planned...but will be praying for you and catrina and the children...and how interesting to read about Valentine..i had no idea the story behind the hype....