We had the closet thing to a snow storm here in Virginia since I have lived here. So we spent some extra time as family today. Sorry for the short and late devotion.
Let me at least share some of my heart with you ... yesterday was a great day at The Community Fellowship as we shared ideas about serving our community through Servolution on April 3-9 (go to www.servolution.org for more info) and heard about ministry in Applachia from Bill Barker (he leads www.arministry.org).
As I sat and listening, God continued to break my heart for those who are far from Him. Those who are poor, depressed and even homeless. You see, God is calling me and our church to be more about this issue. Maybe He is doing the same for you. One thing that I have to say makes life so worth living and doing ministry is watching others get excited about it and hearing from God. You should have heard the conversations I had yesterday as many of our people said, "I'm In" as we minister to those in need. This is so good.
Today, this verse has been on my mind:
Matthew 20:28 (nlt) --- For even the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve others and to give his life as a ransom for many.
Not self serving but Savior serving. Taking people at their lowest place or headed that direction and pointing them to the one who really matters ... are our lives doing that? Are we really serving others?
God, please break our hearts when we lack the desire for and are not serving others! In Jesus' name, Amen.