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Dec. 9 Devotion: Givers and Takers

GIVERS & TAKERS

Hebrews 3:4-5

(4) For every house is builded by some man; but he that built all things is God.


(5) And Moses verily was faithful in all his house, as a servant, for a testimony of those things which were to be spoken after;


The blessing of a servant will not and cannot be measured on this earth with human understanding. The eyes of God are searching the earth looking for such a soul who is wholly devoted to HIM and HIS HEART. HE looks for the foot washers, and the outcasts who have but one desire above all others and that is to serve HIM. The Lord is looking for the servant who is willing to lay up treasures above in a place where no thief would ever break in and steal and no rust or decay could ever claim. It is that Christian that may be poor in this life, and yet rich in death and the world to come! Hallelujah!

Christian friend, this is the heart of a servant; a heart that looks to receive nothing but only to give. As long as you are receiving only, (you are not serving.) There are many reasons why we don’t serve. However, the one that shouts the loudest is this: we don’t serve because it involves giving. It will involve giving time, energy, gifts, and even our own comforts and plans. At times, serving may involve giving monetarily and if we are only looking to receive we will miss the great opportunities God affords us to serve. We are never more like Jesus than when we are serving others. A service offered for the King is not dependent on the souls served but on the One for whom we serve! HE is worthy of every act of service we offer up to another upon this earth whether big or small. Serve and there in that lowly place, that place that is painful, even in the barren lands, you will find HIM there kneeling beside you, as a servant. Pour out Jesus and a humble servant’s heart to others and just watch the Lord bless. If you pour out the waters of Jesus upon others, just like the woman at the well in John 4, you will find your water pot freshly filled EVERY DAY so that you may be a servant to others.

Whatever you give unto Jesus of yourself HE will freely take it up and once in HIS hands HE will begin to multiply and bless beyond our wildest dreams. Don’t be afraid to be the servant of another. This is the place where the very face of Jesus is seen; IN SERVING. It’s not in the lofty places that we find the King of Glory when HE lived upon the earth, nor was HE found in the grand works that so many wanted HIM to perform; it was in the LOWLY, UNCOMMON places; in the stables of the earth that Jesus is discovered. This is what makes humility so beautiful in the face of a servant because Jesus is seen! God uses the humble, (common vessels) to pour out HIS love and power through. Glory waits for the heart that takes nothing for itself, that Christ alone would be exalted. I believe it was Matthew Henry that said, “A giver never wants but a taker never has.” Today, may the Lord show us the eternal value in GIVING EVERYTHING we have to Jesus so that HE may use us as HIS humble servant. After all, it was Jesus that displayed for us the greatest example of giving, when HE gave HIMSELF, ALL that HE had, on the cross that we may live.

Bro. Lawrence Longworth Isaiah 61:1 “the opening of the prison to them that are bound;”

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