Walk This Way!

One of my favorite songs ever is Make Me A Servant.  It was a staple in my solo repertoire when I was very young.  I haven’t sung it in in a very long time.

At a recent memorial service the eulogist was speaking about a person who was a natural servant; a willing servant; a skilled and effective servant.  He was also well loved and highly respected.

The eulogist asked the question to the congregation – what would you do if someone of the opposite sex approached you and said they wanted to serve you or take care of you.  I was sitting in a section of mostly women and they all were talking back to him from the pews – “He’d be lying”; “What does he want!”; “I know what he wants!”; “Did you take your meds?”.  People in our section were snickering, but me — well, it made me sad to hear their feedback.  I’m married to that guy, you know — a natural servant; a willing servant; a skilled and effective servant; a man who is greatly loved and highly respected and who came at me that way .. wanting to serve and take care of me. But that’s not the point …..

As I sat there I thought about just how remarkable it would be if every believer would live their lives in such a way that people felt that when they approached them they were saying – “Hello, how I may serve you?”   What if Christ followers everywhere understood that they were called and commissioned by the King of Kings to be servants.

There are so many books out now telling us how to “be” a Christian – I’m not talking about what to believe, but how to live the life. A great sum of ‘how to‘ is right here! “You are God’s dear children, so try to be like him. Live a life of love. Love others just as Christ loved us. (Ephesians 5: 1-2a) In my own words – God says ‘I sent you The Way – so do it like He did it!’.

Do life just the way it was modeled … in love service and love to others!

Pour your life out for the service of others. Your time, talent, treasure – realize who they really belong to and then steward them well – give yourself away and count it gain!

Father – teach my heart to love — to love the way that You have intended.

Rejoice in The LORD! Always!

It seems to me that we can always find something to gripe about. Fuel prices are too high; cancer is taking the lives of our loved ones; local governments are infringing on our liberties; the federal government doesn’t care about us; the month is longer than our money; no one understands us; our parents didn’t give us every advantage; our friends have things to do that don’t involve us; our children grow up and have lives of their own; Shipley’s ran out of donuts before I got there; the nail shop didn’t have my color; morning came too soon (what about rejoicing that you got up?). Seriously, we have a really good gripery (I don’t think that’s a word – but I’ll take the liberty to create a word today).

We drain the life out of ourselves with our complaints, when we could be building ourselves up with thoughts of things that are “true, noble, reputable, authentic, compelling, gracious—the best, not the worst; the beautiful, not the ugly; things to praise, not things to curse.” I guarantee you that there is always something to rejoice about. In fact, if you’re reading this you can rejoice that you are alive; that you can see; that you can read; that you have a computer/device on which to read this message; that you know me (and I know you are so happy about that!). We know that in this life we will have trials, but our Savior encourages us to be of good cheer because he has already overcome any trial that we might face; and that is something to rejoice about.

As believers in Jesus Christ, we can choose to rejoice because at the end of the day we win! Or, we can choose to wallow in the sadness and let it destroy us. We all have bills to pay; we all have to face illness, either our own or someone we love; we all have a family member that is not living out their full potential; we have all lost someone dear to us; we all have lots on our plate; we all have sad moments — but there is always cause to rejoice. More significantly, it is through rejoicing that we will be made whole and well.

Focusing on the problems that we face will drain us dry!

Proverbs 17: 22

If you still just can’t seem to find cause to rejoice, I’ll give you a few “Praise Starters”

  1. He saved your soul
  2. He made you whole
  3. He loves you
  4. He cares for you
  5. He created you
  6. He will never leave you
  7. He will never forsake you
  8. He knows you, YET He loves you
  9. He provides for you
  10. He desires a deeper relationship with you.

Celebrate! Take delight in God’s goodness in your life! Be glad because of what you know He can do! I will choose to rejoice and be glad — I refuse to let circumstances, the enemy, people, problems use up all of my life energy. I will rejoice in the Lord ALWAYS — and I’ll say it to you too, rejoice! 

From Glenn Burleigh: “Rejoice in the Lord always! You better rejoice in the Lord always! Think about all He’s done! We ought to thank Him everyone! Rejoice! Again, I say rejoice! Make a joyful noise; a joyful noise unto The Lord. Rejoice in the Lord, Oh again – I say rejoice. Magnify The Lord, O lift up your voice and sing. Give praise to Jesus Christ; The Son of God; The King of Kings! Rejoice! Lift Him Up! Lift the Savior Up! Lord, We Praise You! Lord We Praise Your Name! Hallelujah! Glory To Your Name!” Again, I Say Rejoice