Manna in the Morning, Serving

May 26, 2009

Manna in the Morning

05-27-09

John 17:4, “I have glorified You on the earth by completing the work You gave Me to do.”

            Jesus spoke these words as He prayed in the Garden of Gethsemane.  He prayed for Himself, for the ordeal He was about to go through. Then He prayed for His disciples for the challenges they would face during His crucifixion and then as He continued, He prayed for us, knowing the things we would face in our lifetime, the temptations we will face and the way we will carry out our work for his glory.  God has already gifted all of us.  When we are born into the Family of God, we are prepared for service for our Lord and to serve His Church for God’s greater glory.  The value of these gifts by God’s grace is not equally prominent, but equally valid.  God uses the person in the parking lot who assists and greets newcomers to prepare their hearts for the message from God’s Word by the one who is gifted to proclaim His Word.  In God’s eyes, each of these serves their Lord and he has prepared them for their unique purpose. 

            Jesus fulfilled the Father’s will by giving His own life in sacrifice, we give our time to Him, not to the Church as an entity or to the Pastor or parking coordinator, but to our Savior and Lord as an act of worship.  What ever we do, we are completing the work assigned to us.  There are times when we feel as though we are misplaced, that we should have another assignment, but we do not see things as God does.  When we fulfill our responsibility we have brought glory to our God, when we falter, someone else must pick up where we failed or the work will not continue.  It is not for us to choose our place of service, it is for us to go before the Lord and find where He has determined to use us, pray and ask for His guidance, then leave the decision up to Him. Just as no one could take His place, you are chosen, gifted and prepared to serve Him in the appropriate place.  Our gracious Heavenly Father, we are anxious to serve you in the place you have chosen for us.  Guide us we ask in Jesus’ name.

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