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Life and Legacy

January 25th, 2019

Satisfaction is in God alone.
“Guard your heart above all else.” Proverbs 4:23 NLT.
My thoughts and comments today are about, “Life and Legacy.”

 

 

Life can get upside down and sometimes backwards. One of those ways that can happen when you believe the world’s model of greatness. It is assumed that the one who appears to exceed others’ abilities and achievements must be smarter, stronger, tougher, and more widely regarded. Inaccurately we reason, maybe somehow, they have more importance than others. In the world’s system that might be so.

But in the Kingdom of God, greatness is described as joyfully and generously serving others. Jesus taught that a satisfying life is about serving God and others, not placing yourself above and before others. Jesus warned, “Anyone who wants to be first must be the very last, and the servant of all.” Read Mark 9:33-37 NIV. Paul was clear, “For he who serves Christ in these things is acceptable to God and approved by men.” Romans 14:18.

Worldly-wise people can do spiritually foolish things. Solomon was the wisest of men, but his excess eventually overcame the wisdom with which he had begun, and to which he would return. He was given exceeding wealth, privilege, and prominence that provided everything he could desire. Yet his unbridled restraint provided unwise opportunity to explore anything his heart desired.

But Solomon finally recognized it all as vanity that created nothing more than futility and emptiness. More stuff just can’t satisfy. Never has. Never will. Because things alone are unsatisfying, they seem to leave an emptiness that the human heart tries to fill with lesser things.

That emptiness happens too easily, almost without notice at first. Without Godly wisdom, a person can become confused by things that seem important but are inconsequential. Solomon discovered, “This is what I have observed to be good: that it is appropriate for a person to eat, to drink and to find satisfaction . . during the few days of life God has given them.” Ecclesiastes 5:18 NIV. Satisfaction is found in God alone.

God’s Word is clear about what demands attention and what deserves your attention. People are always God’s priority – before things, even the best of things. Above all else that clamors for your attention and affections, God and family always merit your first and best.

Life is not about the external matters of, “what you do.” Goodness is internal, “why you do what you do.” Goodness is all about who you are. It begins in your heart. Jesus said, “A good person produces good deeds from a good heart. Whatever is in your heart determines what you say.” Read Luke 6:43-45 NLT.

Solomon advised, “Guard your heart above all else, for it determines the course of your life.” Proverbs 4:23 NLT. And being who you can be has everything to do with your willingness and invitation to place Christ first and foremost in your heart. When Jesus has His rightful place, life is right side up and in spiritual order. Could that be why they describe good people as, “upright and upstanding?”

Your life can be your greatest legacy, and an abiding Godly example for your family and friends to follow. There is no inheritance you will leave behind that would exceed the heritage of your Godly instruction and personal example. Today, I pray for you to keep eternal values preeminent in your life.

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Qualified To Serve

August 9th, 2013

For he who serves Christ . . is acceptable to God and approved by men.” Romans 14:18 NKJV

Humility prepares you to serve; pride prevents you.

My thoughts and comments today are about, “qualified to serve.”

Serving is an art, not a task – elevating, not demeaning. Serving benefits others, while making you better. Serving well has rewards, some are external to others, and many are internal to yourself – such as, personal satisfaction, practical usefulness, and character development. However, the purest motive for serving is simply because it honors God, reflects His nature, and serves His purpose. Serving is just the right thing to do, an expression of love for another and evidence of a redeemed nature.

Admittedly, serving does not seem to come natural to any of us and therefore, we have mixed feelings and misconceptions about serving. Our fallen, and self-centered, nature prefers being served rather than being the one serving. Read Luke 22:24-27 NKJV. By His own teaching and example, Jesus set the standard high; “I am among you as the One who serves.” Luke 22:27 NKJV. In the Kingdom of God, serving is not relegated to the under-qualified; rather, serving is reserved for those who are well qualified.

Even ungodly Nebuchadnezzar, king of Babylon, knew there were qualifications for the best servants. Upon conquering Jerusalem, his instructions were to bring to Babylon the best and brightest: “Bring some of the Israelites from the royal family and the nobility – young men . . showing aptitude for every kind of learning, well informed, quick to understand, and qualified to serve in the king’s place.” Daniel 1:3-4 NIV. Consider the king’s high standards for those who would serve: recognized potential, practical knowledge, native intelligence, and proven abilities. Would God expect any less of those who serve Him? “Servants . . whatever you do, do it heartily, as to the Lord, and not unto men . . for you serve the Lord Christ.” Colossians 3:22-24 KJV.

The Apostle Paul wrote to Christ-followers in Rome, most or all of which were servants literally, even slaves, in Roman households, “For the Kingdom of God is . . righteousness, peace, and joy in the Holy Spirit. For he who serves Christ in these things [righteousness, peace, and joy in the Holy Spirit] is acceptable to God and approved by men.” Romans 14:18 NKJV. Serving Christ. Acceptable to God. Approved by men. Those are quite the accolades, and could be said of you? And the result? “My Father will honor anyone who serves Me.” John 12:26 TEV.

Practically, how do you “serve” Christ? Jesus is clear, “I tell you the truth, whatever you did for one of the least of these . . you did it for Me . . whatever you did not do for one of the least of these, you did not do for Me.” Matthew 25:40/45 NIV. I have often quoted the wise counsel of my friend, Campbell, “If you want to know how you are doing as a servant, watch how you react when someone treats you like one.” Humility prepares you to serve; pride prevents you.

My prayer for you today is that you treasure humility and practice serving.

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