The Lord has spoken to my heart concerning having a servant's heart.
There are so many people in the world that would rather be served
than to be a servant, but I believe God is seeking those who have a
servant's heart toward the Lord. Before Jesus was going to be
crucified, He was with His disciples and wanted to show them by
example how they should treat one another and so Jesus Christ, the
creator of heaven and earth and all mankind; began to wash the feet
of each of His disciples. Jesus didn't think it was beneath Himself
to wash their feet, but wanted to leave an example for each of us and
show that is it better in God's eyes to serve others rather than to be
served ourselves. (John 13:12-15)
I believe this is a good story that shows how caring for and serving
others, shows the love of God through us and the end result will be
bringing people closer to Him, which is what we all should be doing. I
hope this story speaks to your heart as it did mine.
MAKE ME LIKE JOE
Joe was a drunk who was miraculously converted at a Bowery mission. Prior
to his conversion, he had gained the reputation of being a dirty wino for
whom their was no hope, only a miserable existence in the ghetto. But
following his conversion to a new life in Christ, everything changed.
Joe became the most caring person that anyone associated with the mission
had ever known. Joe spent his days and nights hanging out at the mission,
doing whatever needed to be done. There was never anything that he was
asked to do that he considered beneath him. Whether it was cleaning up
the vomit left by some violently sick alcoholic or scrubbing toilets after
careless men left the men's room filthy, Joe did what was asked with a
smile on his face and seeming gratitude for the chance to help. He could
be counted on to feed feeble men who wondered off the street and into the
mission, and to undress and tuck into bed men who were too out of it to
take care of themselves.
One evening, when the director of the mission was delivering his evening
evangelistic message to the usual crowd of still and sullen men with
drooped heads, there was one man who looked up, came down the aisle to the
alter and knelt to pray, crying out to God to help him change. The
repentant drunk kept shouting, "Oh God! Make me like Joe! Make me like
Joe! Make me like Joe!"
The director of the mission leaned over and said to the man "Son, I think
it would be better if you prayed, 'Make me like Jesus.'"
The man looked up at the director with a quizzical expression on his face
and asked, "Is he like Joe?"
What a great testimony it is unto the Lord that people will come to Jesus
because of the positive affect that we had on their lives. Jesus says in
John 13:35 "By this shall all men know that you are my disciples, if you
have love one to another." I encourage you to love and be compassionate
towards everyone that you come into contact with and let the light that is
within you shine where people will be drawn to you because of that love
and non-judgmental attitude.
When Jesus was on the earth, He made Himself of no reputation. He loved,
healed and served all who came to Him in need and I believe we need to
have the same love and compassion towards others just as God has toward
us. (Philippians 2:6-7)
Read and meditate on these scriptures:
Philippians 2:3-7 "Let nothing be done through selfish ambition or
conceit, but in lowliness of mind let each esteem others better than
himself. Let each of you look out not only for his own interests, but also
for the interests of others. Let this mind be in you which was also in
Christ Jesus, who, being in the form of God, did not consider it robbery
to be equal with God, but made Himself of no reputation, taking the form
of a bondservant, and coming in the likeness of men."
Romans 12:3 "For I say, through the grace given to me, to everyone who is
among you, not to think of himself more highly than he ought to think, but
to think soberly, as God has dealt to each one a measure of faith."
John 13:12-15 "So when He had washed their feet, taken His garments, and
sat down again, Jesus said to them, "Do you know what I have done to
you? "You call me Teacher and Lord, and you say well, for so I am. "If I
then, your Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet, you also ought to wash
one another's feet. "For I have given you an example, that you should do
as I have done to you."
All scriptures can be found in the New King James Version.
In Christ Service,
Gods Work Ministry