Pathway of Service

 
There have been many times over the years that we have learned of folks who serve in ministry of some type to others while simultaneously enduring moments of inconvenience in their personal life.

Some years ago there was a couple who, during one of the busiest weeks of ministering in the church where they worshiped, lost water at their house.

This family could not cook.
They could not do dishes.
They could not take a bath or shower.
In fact, without a temporary supply of water from another source, they could not even use the bathroom!

Yet they handled the matter with grace and still fulfilled their commitments for the church. Simply put, they sacrificed.

Chapter 12 of Romans speaks to what our conduct should be on the pathway of life and service to others. Here is an excerpt; v. 10-13:

10  Be kindly affectioned one to another with brotherly love; in honour preferring one another;
11  Not slothful in business; fervent in spirit; serving the Lord;
12  Rejoicing in hope; patient in tribulation; continuing instant in prayer;
13  Distributing to the necessity of saints; given to hospitality.

We often talk in our life of impacting people's lives.
We often talk of making a difference.
Yet we so often forget, it cannot be done without sacrifice. !!

It requires no character to put your agenda ahead of others. That's why everyone does it so often. But it takes the character of God to put another's needs, and situation, above your own personal needs and daily challenges of life.

How much character do you have?
How much character do you want?

Pastor Ray

Thought for the Week
Every path has a few puddles.

 

 

 

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