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Friday, September 13, 2013

Think About It

Do I Have To?

Doing what we don't want to do isn't always easy or enjoyable. Today is one of those days that I find myself doing what I would rather not be doing. I'm in a series of meetings and classes for the next several days. Some of my time is spent connecting with many whom I need to meet with. But if the truth were to be known I'd much rather be home sailing, or one of the many projects that I have waiting for me at home. The question might be asked; do I have to? I suppose I do have a choice in all of this but is it realistic to think that we should always get to do only what we want. Many times we need to do what we may not want to do.

Some in our society seem to believe that everything that we do should be pleasurable. To do something that isn’t pleasurable would seem to be foolish and unnecessary. Somewhere along the way we seem to have lost the importance of sacrifice and servant hood. We have moved, or are moving into a society of entitlement, where others owe us, and we are looking to be served rather than to serve.

Jesus had much to say about the subject of servant hood. In John 13, you will find the story of Jesus washing the feet of his disciples. It is here that he states, “I have given you an example to follow. Do as I have done to you. I tell you the truth slaves are not greater than their master. Nor is the messenger more important than the one who sends the message. Now that you know these things, God will bless you for doing them.” But it isn’t easy to always put someone else first. Taking the backseat isn’t always fun, nor is letting someone else have the glory when it really belongs to us. Perhaps we all have asked if we had to, but it is in doing this very thing that we are blessed.

When Jesus talked about loving God with all of your heart, mind, and soul, and added, to love your neighbor as yourselves, (Matt 22:37-39), he was saying to put everything above ourselves and serve God and one another. I wonder what would change in our lives if we started to practice that. Think about it.

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