TODAY'S WORD FOR Monday, November 04, 2019:
A person with a tender heart in the service of another.
Anyone who wants to be first must be the very last, and the servant of all.
KNOWLEDGE AND EXPERIENCE:
A research report from 2016 estimated that moms worked between 59 and 96 hours a week doing child related tasks like cook, event planner, nutritionist, nurse, discipline chairman and comforter.
No wonder mothers are always exhausted. Being a mom means giving a lot of time and energy to care for children, who need so much help as they learn to navigate in the world we live in.
We constantly need to be reminded that caring for others is a worthy pursuit. The scriptures give us many examples of Jesus affirming those who serve.
In the gospel of Mark, the disciples were having an argument about which one of them was the greatest. Jesus quietly sat down and reminded them that “anyone who wants to be first must be the very last, and the servant of all.” Then He took a child in His arms to illustrate the importance of serving others, especially the most helpless among us (vv. 36-37).
Christ’s response resets the bar for what greatness looks like in His kingdom. His standard is a heart willing to care for others. And Jesus has promised that God’s empowering presence will be with those who choose to serve (v. 37).
As you have opportunities to serve in your family or community, be encouraged that Jesus greatly values the time and effort you give in service to others. How might you serve someone today? How could you take time to say “thank you” to someone who has graciously loved and served you?
Our memory verse for this week is found in Philippians 1:6.
Being confident of this very thing, that He who has begun a good work in you will complete it until the day of Jesus Christ.
Help me to remember to have a servant’s heart in all that I do. Help me to care for the hurting and the hungry. Help me to share with others the good news of the gospel.
These Family Devotional thoughts are written by Dr. Ken Phillips, Executive Director of America's Hunger
Solution, and his wife Dottie. Ken has had ministry positions
with The Billy Graham Evangelistic Association, World Vision, Youth For Christ, World Opportunities International,
and World Bible Society. He also has consulted for more than 30 Christian ministries in management and stewardship
development. They have published a book called No Problems Only Situations that discusses the journey of their family.
Ken and Dottie have been married for 60 years, and have 6 children, 20 grandchildren, and 3 great grandchildren. Their
second book, TODAY'S WORD, includes 365 daily
devotionals and is now available for only $10.
Ken & Dottie Phillips
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