Sunday, September 25, 2011

Luke 17:8

"But will he not rather say to him, 'Prepare something for my supper, and gird yourself and serve me till I have eaten and drunk, and afterward you will eat and drink'? NKJV
"It is more blessed to give than to receive."

Before my own comforts, I should seek to fulfill the comforts of those who are still wanting. Like a servant who prepares his masters meal and waits for the master to finish before eating his own, so too I want to devote myself to service. Less than as a moment by moment choice, but rather as an obligation and duty that comes with my choice to hold others above myself, and by the commands of God, of who I truly wish to be a bondservant.

The servant enters in from the fields and sheep, tired and hungry, but does not put a close to the day. He goes to the kitchens and prepares a meal for his master who provides; and looks on, tired, but happy, as his master finds rest and comfort from the day's work. The servant looks on, and while he can't make up for all that the master has done, he can give what service he is able in thanks. In gladness he gathers up the remnants of the meal and prepares his own. He eats his smaller meal thankful for what he has been given, and cleans the the pots and pans; plates and knives and forks; the serving bowls and tongs, cleaning up all the messes and preparing for the new day. After all of this the servant goes to wait nearby should the master need anything more, and waits for him to sleep before crawling, exhausted, into bed, wanting nothing more than to do what little he can to honor the man who has taken him in and made him a part of his household.

(In older times, a bondservant was one who willingly became the slave of one who was a good master during the servant's years of paid service, and enjoyed the life he led working under the master and being provided for.)

Now to Him who is able to keep you from stumbling,
And to present you faultless
Before the presence of His glory with exceeding joy,
To God our savior,
Who alone is wise,
Be glory and majesty,
Dominion and power,
Both now and forever.

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