Focus on others

Up and at it early. Much to do. Although one afternoon commitment got cancelled. Guy has a headache. Day just became a tad lighter, but I pray the fellow improves. And comes to the gospel.

Thought for the day:

Focus on others. Serve with gladness. Be like Jesus. The less you think of self, the better you’ll be.

A Single Eye

I pray that darkness may not rule my sight,
That worldly wealth not govern nor delight:
A single eye to see a single thing,
A single heart that serves a single King.

The information of my life

“If I could give you information of my life, it would be to show how a woman of very ordinary ability has been led by God in strange and unaccustomed paths to do His service what He has done in her. And if I could tell you all, you would see how God has done all, and I nothing. —Florence Nightingale

The end of the first sentence seems like something is missing, but the thought is there.

Professionalizing ministry

“Professionalizing the staff depersonalized the care.”

The above quote was said about mental health care in the 20th Century. The same can be said about ministry in the church. There is much that can be said biblically against clergyizing God’s servants. At the same time, in practical terms, when spiritual service becomes a career, the “care” of others, or dedication to the work of God, is redirected to furthering one’s prospects of professional development and monetary gain. It cannot otherwise be so. A whole industry arises to perpetuate the professional class and cater to their needs.

Once, he wanted more for himself

Good comments by Gary Hampton on Rev 1.1-3, among them, these:

This vision was delivered by heavenly messenger to John, who simply identifies himself as the Lord”s slave. Once, he had wanted more for himself (Mark 10:35-40), but now he had seen the Lord submit and serve others (Philippians 2:5-8; Matthew 20:20-28) and was following his lead.

I’m blessed to count Gary as a friend.

No vague dream of perfection

You say you want to be like Christ. You ask Him to print His own image on your heart. Here, then is the image! It is no vague dream of perfection that we are to think of–when we ask to be made like Christ. The Catholic monks thought that they were becoming like Christ–when they went into the wilderness, away from men, to live in cold cells. But that is not what this picture suggests. “To serve“–that is the Christlike thing! Instead of fleeing away from the world–we are to live among men, to serve them, to seek to bless them, to do them good, to give our life for them! —J.R. Miller

Focus question: Who can I serve today? What can I do to serve someone? Can I ask someone else what I can I do to serve them?

God above who came below, show me a need that cries for fulfillment, a person who is not being served, that I might be that servant.

Captive in God’s victory procession

Please download the PDF of Ed Mathews’s free devotional book, Plow New Ground. Today’s meditation alone is worth the effort, based on 2 Cor 2.14. Among other things, Ed writes,

Messenger of God. As a captive in the victory procession of God, Paul spread everywhere the message of redemption, II Corinthians 2:14. The Lord made His intentions known through His surrendered servant, Colossians 1:25. Paul was not fickle. He was faithful. He followed the drum beat of heaven. He was “sent from God,” II Corinthians 2:17b. He went when the Lord called. He did what the Lord commanded. His life was not his own. It belonged to God. Consequently, Paul could rightly say, “I no longer live, but Christ lives in me,” Galatians 2:20.

People read so many flawed denominational materials — hey, we have far superior writings and true teaching in many brotherhood material, like this one.