The Lord’s Motives or Mine?

“So He sat down, called the twelve and told them “If anyone wants to be first he must be last of all and servant of all.” (Mark 9:35)

Jesus took on the very nature of a servant. Everywhere Jesus went He gave Himself for others. He saw the need and gave to the needy what they needed, but not always what they wanted.

We can come to Jesus with our hands open and our hearts partially closed. Proverbs 19:21 says, “Many are the plans in a man’s heart, but it is the Lord’s purposes that prevail.”

We can have our “eye on the prize” but God can be gently trying to show us that is not what His plan is for our lives. Whatever the “prize” is for you, God may be asking you to let it go, perhaps just for a time, or, perhaps for all time!

Whatever the case, releasing it will take you to a new level of blessing and servanthood.

Are we willing to serve with the possibility that “the prize” of healing, a new job, a new home, or a new relationship may never be? Can God provide these things? Yes, most definitely, but it just may be that our lives will be so much richer without them; or richer for the wait!

Serving God through our circumstances, whatever it may be, will bring us into a greater relationship with God and grow in us the very nature of a servant.

Isaiah 66:2 tells us “This is the one I esteem: he who is humble and contrite in spirit, and trembles at My word.”

Prayer: Lord help me to see your purposes in my life, help me to be like Jesus and take on the nature of a servant, make me willing, Lord, to serve, being led by your example. Amen.

About the Author:
Julie Munro lives in New Zealand, her walk with the Lord has been over mountains and through valleys but He has remained her constant support and her ever loving Father.

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What have you had to release over to God, to give up, and have found joy on the other side, despite your initial reluctance and grief?

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