Friday, January 9, 2015

Be a Servant

I am not sure if God speaks to me more than he use to or I am just able to "hear" him better. I think it's the latter but either way, God has been speaking to me. 

The other day I was grouchy. The internal talk in my head inevitably slipped out of my mouth and I heard it saying things like "I am just a servant around this house" and "All I do is wait on everybody." Ever feel this way?

Sometimes I wonder if my little guy times his requests. Ya know, like after I set him up with a snack, give him a drink and a napkin than get settled in under my fluffy Sherpa blanket with my magazine to half pay attention to whatever nonsense is on TV. That's right when he says, "Mom! I need....fill in the blank here. And as most of parents know, this goes on all day. Good thing he's cute!

Then of course in my mind I am husband's servant too. Making dinner, picking up groceries so he will have his favorite lemonade, going to the bank per his request. Well, you get the point.

As a wife and mom I come to expect these things and most of the time, I'd say about 90% of the time, I actually really enjoy doing these things for my men. But this one particular night I just felt like no matter how hard I worked I just couldn't get either of them settled long enough to catch a break. This was during the holiday rush when we had a million additional things to our already busy routine. So at this point I had had it.

That night God spoke to me through a devotional book, The Confident Woman, by Joyce Meyers. Yes, at the very end of the night I actually was spared a few minutes to read it! Ha! 

I turned to the date and do you know what the title for that day's devotional was? "Be a Servant." No, I am not kidding. God was actually telling me on that day when I was so frustrated taking care of everyone else that that was what I supposed to be doing. He knows I love books and the written word so I guess that is how he will get through to me. 

Verses from Matthew 25 are noted. Here is a little of what Joyce was focusing on: 

Matthew 34-40:

“Then the King will say to those on his right, ‘Come, you who are blessed by my Father; take your inheritance, the kingdom prepared for you since the creation of the world. 35 For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in, 36 I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was sick and you looked after me, I was in prison and you came to visit me.’
 
37 “Then the righteous will answer him, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you something to drink? 38 When did we see you a stranger and invite you in, or needing clothes and clothe you? 39 When did we see you sick or in prison and go to visit you?’

40 “The King will reply, ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.’

Verse 45-46 also tells us: 
45 “He will reply, ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did not do for one of the least of these, you did not do for me.’

46 “Then they will go away to eternal punishment, but the righteous to eternal life.”

It was about this point that I realized that I should be a "servant" to the world as these Bible verses indicate but I also realized that it starts in my own home. I must be a "servant" to my family and in doing so I will please God. 

Loving others means taking care of them and I have to try and remind myself that all the other busyness just isn't important. One of my goals for 2015 is to trim down the unimportant stuff, meaning less physical stuff, less online clutter, and less unimportant time commitments so I can focus on what matters more to me and God.  



 






























Awwww.....Aren't these two cute? How could I not serve them?!
 
Who will you be a "servant" for and what will you do for them?

2 comments:

  1. Though I am not religious and cannot truly relate to the verses, I can certainly related to the message!

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  2. Great message to share! Thank you for the reminder!

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