11 JUN

2014

TODAY'S WORD FOR TODAY

Serving Requires Faithfulness

‘…I seek not Mine own will, but the will of the Father.’

John 5:30

In His dealings with people, the Bible says of Christ: ‘Having loved His own…He loved them unto the end’ (John 13:1). And when it came to His dealings with God, He could say, ‘I do not seek My own will but the will of the Father who sent Me’ (John 5:30 NKJV). Can God count on you? Can others? When you make a commitment, do you keep it? Do you quit on a whim, or break your word because you get a better offer? ‘…There was a certain disciple at Damascus, named Ananias; and to him said the Lord in a vision, “Ananias.” And he said, “Behold, I am here, Lord”’ (Acts 9:10 NKJV). God knew where to find Ananias. Does He know where to find you? Pastor Eric Hulstrand was preaching one Sunday when an elderly woman, Mary, fainted and struck her head on the end of the pew. They called for an ambulance and as they put her on the stretcher she regained consciousness and motioned for her daughter to come near. Everyone thought she was summoning her strength to convey what would be her final words. Her daughter leaned over until her ear was at Mary’s mouth. ‘My offering is in my purse,’ she whispered. God’s work shouldn’t go lacking because you’ve gone on  holiday and taken your tithes and offerings with you. ‘Honour the Lord with your wealth and with the best part of everything you produce’ (Proverbs 3:9 NLT). Your faithfulness shouldn’t be contingent upon economic conditions, but upon your commitment to Christ. Remember the US Marine Corps motto, ‘Semper Fidelis’, the Latin for ‘Always Faithful’.

 

 

 

Gal 4-6, Mark 15:33-47, Ps 143, Pr 13:9-10

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