How may we serve you?

 

 

            The life of a Christian is one that is marked by servitude.  Jesus serves as our prime example when He observed how the disciples began to argue among themselves.  The mother of James and John requested that her children sit at Jesus side in His kingdom (see Matthew 20:21). 

            Jesus knew what she wanted, but He also knew what was best.  When the disciples heard of this request for authority and position, they became angry (see Matthew 20:24).  While they were jockeying for position and fighting among themselves, Jesus brought into focus His mission in one sentence saying “Just as the Son of man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give His life a ransom for many.”  (Matthew 20:28 NKJV).

 

            As I write this I am reminded of how important it is to serve.  Take the story of Ruth for example.

 

            The Bible says in Ruth Chapter 1:1 that there was a great famine in the days when the judges ruled.  Evidently this was a severe famine that must have claimed the lives of Naomi’s husband and her two sons. 

 

            Naomi was left with her daughters-in-law with no means of support.  This was a time of great difficulty, and they clung together in tears.  “Then they lifted up their voices and wept again; and Orpah kissed her mother-in-law, but Ruth clung to her.”  (Ruth 1:14 NKJV).

 

            Notice the difference of how the two daughters-in-law reacted; Orpah kissed Naomi and Ruth clung to Naomi.  The Bible even goes on to say “Look, your sister-in-law has gone back to her people and to her gods; return after your sister-in-law.  But Ruth said ‘Entreat me not to leave you, or to turn back from following after you’” (Ruth 1:15 NKJV).

 

            When things got difficult or uneasy Orpah immediately left.  Not only did she leave, but she went back into a false worship system.

 

            Ruth on the other hand responds differently, verse 15 continues; “For wherever you go, I will go; and wherever you lodge, I will lodge; your people shall be my people, and your God, my God."

 

            Ruth was absolutely dedicated to serving her mother-in-law, Naomi, with everything she had.

 

            Not only was Ruth willing to serve unconditionally but she was blessed by God as a result.  In the next chapter Boaz, Ruth’s future husband, acknowledges the dedicated character of a servant in Ruth.

 

          Sometimes we need to hear from other people the good that we do.  “Boaz answered and said to her, ‘It has been fully reported to me, all that you have done for your mother-in-law since the death of your husband, and how you have left your father and your mother and the land of your birth, and have come to a people whom you did not know before.  The Lord repay your work, and a full reward be given you by the Lord God of Israel, under whose wings you have come for refuge.”  (Ruth 2:11, 12)

 

           Ruth was serving because she knew that was the right thing to do. She did not serve for reward or for recognition, she served for love.  The best way Ruth could express her love was to show it.  It is no wonder 1 John 3:18 says “My little children, let us not love in word or in tongue, but in deed and in truth.”

 

           As we begin a new year, we here at BrandonSeniorSeminars.com want to know how we can serve you better.  We want to see our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ come soon, and we want to be able to reach as many people as possible with His love before it is too late. 

 

           We would love to hear your ideas of how we can serve you best.  Please email us at BrandonSeniorSeminars@gmail.com or leave a comment below to let us know what we can do for you; whether it be a specific article, Bible Study, video, seminar, or some other outreach project that you need to hear or be a part of.

 

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Brandon Senior

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BrandonSeniorSeminars.com

01/04/2016