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March 2015

Monday, 30 March 2015

Shadow Service
'Always keep busy working for the Lord.' 1 Corinthians 15:58 CEV

Remember yesterday’s reading? Yes? Good. Remember that verse about not trying to feel more ‘important’ than the task at hand? Today we’re going a step further—and we’ll let Paul do the talking for now: ‘…If I were still trying to please men, I would not be a servant of Christ.’ (Galatians 1:10 NIV) Ouch. We’ll be the first to own up. Offering to help out is often met by a ‘You sure?’, followed by our obliging ‘Yes, of course, I’ll make drinks. How many sugars?’ Half an hour later, though, when we aren’t met by a round of ‘thank you’ from all involved, the prospect of service gets a lot bleaker. Yep, when the ‘thank you’ is forgotten, it’s tough to remember we’re doing it for the Lord, not others. Got that? Essentially, we like (love?) being noticed by others. Why’s that, then? Well we, as mistake–prone humans, are partial to being a bit proud of ourselves. And if we aren’t careful, our motivation for ‘doing stuff’ will be whether we get the credit for it or not. There. Said it. Being humble in service requires us to look at God and others more than at ourselves. There. Said that too. Service is about starting small: it’s not easy but, at the end of the day, we’ll have trained ourselves to serve in the shadows when it comes to being ‘trusted with much.’ (Luke 16:10 NIV) Still up for serving at church this week? (No? Huh? See yesterday’s reading.) Why not whip up a batch of home–made cookies for another group who spend time serving? Go onnnn. Dare you.

SoulFood: Jer 18-21; Luke 22:54-62; Ps 6; Pro 8:32-33

word4U2day (an adaptation of The Word for Today authored by Bob & Debby Gass) is published under licence by UCB Australia. 2015 UCB International Ltd

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