DND

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Jan 042018
 

“…do not merely look out for your own personal interests, but also for the interests of others” (Philippians 2:4).

When it comes to serving our fellow man-

– most of us tend to live with a mindset that posts a “Do Not Disturb” sign over our heart.

We say:

“I’m too busy.”

“Leave me alone.”

“I don’t want to get involved.”

“I’ve got my own agenda.”

Our culture is overrun with the attitude:

“It’s all about me!”

A meaningful life begins when we realize-

– it’s not all about us.

It’s all about God!

When we get to know our Creator through Jesus Christ,

– and begin to worship God and serve Him-

– we realize the way we serve God is to serve our fellow man, especially those in need.

“It’s all about me” is-

– incredibly selfish,

– and it leads to emptiness and spiritual death.

Real living begins when we start to know God, and serve Him.

Serving God means serving others.

It’s one of the keys to discovering your life purpose.

(PA)

Here you have it!

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Dec 282017
 

A large group of European pastors came to one of D. L. Moody’s Northfield Bible Conferences in Massachusetts in the late 1800s.

Following the European custom of the time, each guest put his shoes outside his room to be cleaned by the hall servants overnight.

But of course this was America and there were no hall servants.

Walking the dormitory halls that night-

Moody saw the shoes and determined not to embarrass his brothers.

He mentioned the need to some ministerial students who were there, but met with only silence or pious excuses.

Moody returned to the dorm, gathered up the shoes, and, alone in his room, the famous evangelist began to clean and polish the shoes.

Only the unexpected arrival of a friend in the midst of the work revealed the secret.

When the foreign visitors opened their doors the next morning, their shoes were shined.

They never knew by whom.

Moody told no one, but his friend told a few people, and during the rest of the conference, different men volunteered to shine the shoes in secret.

I’m humbled.

How about you?

Many of us want to be great ministers for the Lord.

We want our names and our works to be remembered.

But let’s never forget the true ministry of the Lord.

Not only would have Jesus shined those shoes in secret-

He would have returned to wash their feet too!

Have you been asking the Lord to use you?

Here you have it!

Shine some one’s dingy shoes,

– give a gift to someone in need,

– love on someone hard to love…

But don’t tell the world.

Do it in secret!

You can be sure that the Lord sees these things!

And He will open up more opportunities for you to do even greater things for Him!

“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” (John 13:13-15).

(PA)

Your small sacrifices

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Dec 152017
 

One day, as Mahatma Ghandi climbed on board a train-
– one of his shoes slipped off and fell to the track below.

As he bent to retrieve it, the train lurched forward and began to move.
Ghandi tried to grab his shoe, but missed.

He stood there for a moment watching his shoe slowly fade into the distance.

Then to the shock of everyone around him-
– he quietly took off his other shoe and threw it so it landed just to the side of the shoe already on the ground.

When asked why in the world he would throw away his other shoe also-
Ghandi responded:
“The poor man who finds the shoe lying on the track will now have a pair he can use.”

Have you ever given something away that you really hadn’t planned to?
Maybe, like Ghandi, it was a possession.
Or did you give your time, your talents, your money?

Your small sacrifices might be huge blessings for someone else.

Perhaps you could-
– drive a friend to a doctor’s appointment,
– invite someone to church, or
– teach a Sunday School class.

There are many opportunities around you where you can be a blessing to others!

Ask the Lord for opportunities where you can be a blessing to others.
And thank Him for the blessings He has given to you.

(PA)

Oct 292017
 

wash

“After that, He poured water into a basin and began to wash the disciples’ feet, and to wipe them with the towel with which He was girded” (John 13:5).

Your boss has assigned you a task!

Come up with a creative solution to a problem that has been costing the company money.

You tackle work at night and on weekends doing the needed research.

Your boss is enthusiastic about your proposal.

Later, in a company-wide meeting, the president gives your boss credit for the solution.

You find it increasingly difficult to continue serving your boss faithfully.

Serving people who have wounded us is a challenge.

Jesus overcame that challenge on the night-

He was arrested, accused, and sentenced to die.

He had gathered with His disciples to celebrate the Passover when He took a towel and a basin of water and began to wash their feet.

In that group of 12 was Judas!

– a thief and generally disagreeable sort, whom Jesus knew was about to betray him (John 13:1-6).

Judas left the meeting early to arrange the betrayal of Jesus-

– but not before Jesus washed his feet,

– along with those of the faithful eleven who remained.

The next time God asks you to serve someone you would rather not-

– remember how Jesus washed the feet of an unlovely man on the road to Calvary.

It is a contradiction to be a true Christian and not humble!

(PA)

Oct 262017
 

cross-background a

“And there are varieties of activities, but it is the same God who empowers them all in everyone” (1 Corinthians 12:6).

What are the best spiritual gifts for a believer to have?

It all depends.

If I am having a difficult time sharing my faith with someone, and you come along and have been gifted as an evangelist, then that is the best gift at that particular moment.

But then let’s say I am trying to understand the meaning of a particular passage of Scripture, and God has given you the gift of teaching.

For you to come along could be a great benefit to me.

Then again, let’s say that I am undertaking a complex project, and I need help.

What I really need is someone with the gift of helps or administrations.

Or, let’s say that I’m lying in a hospital bed, and I’m discouraged.

I need healing or someone to come and help me see that God is still in control of my life.

Each one of these gifts is important-

– as God has distributed them.

We make a big mistake when we think some gifts are of greater importance than others.

They all have their place.

And God has given them as He has chosen.

Therefore, we need to pray, “Lord, what are my gifts? Help me to discover them. Help me to develop them. Help me use them.”

One day when you stand before God-

– you will be held accountable for what He called you to do.

And one day-

He will reward you for how faithful you were with what He gave you.

(PA)