A Lesson In Humble Service

But he that is greatest among you shall be your servant. —Matthew 23:11

A ranking government official who came into President Lincoln’s office was startled to find the chief executive shining his shoes. “Sir,” he gasped, “surely you do not polish your own shoes!” “Of course,” replied the humble President. “Whose do you polish?” The greatness of a man is evidenced by his humility. In the words of an old Filipino saying, “The taller the bamboo grows, the lower it bends.”

The greatest example of this is the life of Jesus. He “made himself of no reputation, and took upon him the form of a servant” (Phil. 2:7). Jesus “laid aside his garments; and took a towel, and girded himself. After that he poureth water into a bason, and began to wash the disciples’ feet, and to wipe them with the towel wherewith he was girded.” When He was finished He said, “If I then, your Lord and Master, have washed your feet; ye also ought to wash one another’s feet. For I have given you an example, that ye should do as I have done to you.” (John 13:4-5, 14-15)

Am I willing to serve people as Jesus did? When I humble myself, then God will give me the grace to grow into maturity where, I like the tall bamboo, can lower myself to serve those of “low estate” (see Rom. 12:16).

How tall are you spiritually? Tall and flexible enough to bend low and serve people in all kinds of situations?

Schizophrenic Living

They feared the Lord, and served their own gods. —2 Kings 17:33

Israelites were living a double life. One the one hand they feared the Lord, but on the other hand they served their own gods. The Lord was the God of their lips but not of their lives. Jesus described them, “The people draweth nigh me with their mouth, and honoreth me with their lips; but their heart is far from me.” He asked, “Why call ye me Lord, Lord, and do not the things which I say?” Paul writes of those “who profess that they know God; but in works they deny him.”

What we profess on Sunday needs to be practiced the rest of the week. Worship and work must bear the same witness. It is what we serve that tells the tale. No man can serve two masters. The shame of too many church members is that they lead a double life; they fear the Lord and serve their own gods. I pray this is not true of you.

God Won’t Change His Mind About Saving You

“I give unto them eternal life; and they shall never perish” —John 10:28

How can you have assurance that God will not save you today, then change His mind about you tomorrow?

I read a story about an elderly grandfather who was very wealthy. Because he was going deaf, he decided to buy a hearing aid. Two weeks later he stopped at the store where he had bought it and told the manager he could now pick up conversation quite easily, even in the next room. “Your relatives must be happy to know that you can hear so much better,” beamed the delighted proprietor.

“Oh, I haven’t told them yet,” the man chuckled. “I’ve just been sitting around listening—and you know what? I’ve changed my will twice!”

Remember, God always hears us, but He will never change His love for us, because we stand before Him by grace.

No Such Thing

Wednesday’s Devotion

No Such Thing

“And he is before all things. that in all things he might have the preeminence.” -Colossians 1:16, 18

There’s no such thing as a self made man. We are all composites of many people who have influenced our life in one way or another. There is no such thing as evolution.

We are human beings created in the image of God. There is no such thing as “luck.” There is no such thing as an atheist because no person can claim as an absolute certainty there is no God.

But consider this also. Since Jesus is before all things, and preeminent above all things, THERE IS NO SUCH THING AS THE NEXT BEST THING TO JESUS! There is no such thing as the next best thing to being saved!

There is no such thing as the next best thing to God’s Holy Word (Ps. 138:2). There is no such thing as the next best thing to God’s love and care for His own.

Therefore we ought to be giving Him our best: the best of our efforts, the best of our days, the best of our talents, the best of everything we’ve got! Are you giving Him YOUR BEST?

Keep Not Back

Tuesday’s Devotion

Keep Not Back

“I will say to the north, Give up; and to the south, KEEP NOT BACK: bring my sons from far, and my daughters from the ends of the earth” -Isaiah 43:6

Because of Israel’s backsliding, they were taken captive by surrounding nations. God was commanding those to the north to release their hold on His people and “KEEP NOT BACK.”

Saints down through the ages “keep not back,” from God. Abraham kept not back his son Isaac (Gen. 22:12). The lad kept not back his two small fishes and five barley loaves. The poor widow at the temple treasury kept not back her two mites, but “cast in ALL that she had, even ALL HER LIVING” (Mk. 12:44). The Macedonians kept not back while in deep poverty, “For to their power. and beyond their power they were willing of themselves” (2 Cor. 8:3).

This admonition can be applied to all Christians today. We should “keep not back” anything from God. This was Paul’s testimony to the elders at Ephesus. He said, “…I kept back nothing that was profitable unto you.” What a testimony! How many Christians can honestly say that?

First, consider that God “kept back nothing,” in His care for you. He promises, “No good thing will he withhold from them that walk uprightly” (Ps. 84:11). “He that spared not his own Son but delivered him up for us all, how shall he not with him also freely give us all things” (Rom. 8:32). God “giveth us richly all things to enjoy” (1 Tim. 6:17). We’re walking on His ground, breathing His air, drinking His water, and enjoying His sunshine. God has kept back nothing!

God “kept back nothing” when He have His Son, the gem of the glory world, to come to this sin cursed planet to die for our sins!

Second, consider that Jesus Christ “kept back nothing” in providing a way for us to go to heaven. “Ye know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that, though he was rich, yet for your sakes he became poor, that ye through his poverty might be rich” (2 Cor. 8:9). Jesus said, “Foxes have holes, and birds of the air have nests; but the Son of man hath not where to lay his head” (Luke 9:58). He “made himself of no reputation, and took upon him the form of a servant, and was made in the likeness of men: And being found in fashion as a man, he humbled himself, and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross” (Phil. 2:7-8). Christ “kept back nothing.”

Jesus kept back nothing in paying the debt of our sin. He gave His cheeks to the smiters- They blind-folded Him and smote Him. They plucked out His beard. They spit in His face. He gave His back to the scourging. He gave His head to the crown of thorns. He gave His body to the tree (1 Pet. 2:24). He gave His hands and feet to the nails. He suffered, bled and died because He kept back nothing from us. He gave it all.

God said, “KEEP NOT BACK.” Are you keeping back anything from God? Since God the Father kept back nothing from us. Jesus kept back nothing in saving us. Paul kept back nothing that was profitable to us, how can you and I keep back anything from the Lord? You “are not your own. For ye are bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body, and in your spirit, WHICH ARE GOD’S” (1 Cor. 6:19-20). Therefore, “present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy acceptable unto God, which is your REASONABLE service” (Rom. 12:1).


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