Friday, October 4, 2013

31 Days-"An Unconventional Auction"- Day 4

Continuing with the book "He Speaks" by Priscilla Shirer, she talks about the things that keep us from being a servant. Removing expectations of the way we "thought" our life would be like, letting go of our love affair with material things, stripping ourselves of the need to be compensated or rewarded  by others when we serve them. Getting rid of bitterness over something that someone has done to us.

Jesus was the perfect example of a true servant. He washed the feet of his disciples.  Washing the feet of guests was usually reserved for the lowliest of servants or a household slave. If He was willing to humbly lower himself to this lowly human task then shouldn't we follow his example and be willing to serve others.

James' Papa Hendrix loved the Lord with his whole heart and he was a true servant. The family decided one year at Thanksgiving that they would have an "auction" sale.  Everyone would make crafts, homemade or baked items and they would  "sell" them to each other.  All of the "proceeds" would go to Grandma and Papa.(Of course they didn't know that.)  It would be a fun thing to do and it sure was.  Grandma's fried apple pies could bring up to $20 for one pie. Yes you heard that right. It was definitely all in fun and you knew exactly where the money was going.  This particular year after the money was counted, they handed it to Papa and he started crying.  He said that a family down the road had lost their home in a fire and he didn't have any money to give them. He had been praying for the Lord to provide some money so he could help this family in their time of need and the Lord had just answered his prayer.  There are so many other stories just like that one.

If you asked anyone of his children or grandchildren if Papa was a true servant of God you would receive a resounding "Yes!"  What a great example for his family to follow. 

Do you know what "tools" you have to help you in your servanthood?  Ms. Shirer suggests instead of saying to someone "if you need me give me a call" to just show up and do. Do you have a friend that is not well? Cook a meal, go over and take out the trash or mop the floor. Do a load of laundry or wash the dishes. Take the kids for a couple of hours.

I have to admit. This is an area that needs work in my life.  Remember a couple of days ago....I did say this book was convicting.

I John 3:17 says "If anyone has material possession and sees a brother or sister in need but has no pity on them, how can the love of God be in that person?

Until we meet again,


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