Honorable Service

There are some people who just love to help others and they develop a life style of service. We all know people like that. That is the person who helps the mother with the baby on the bus who is having a difficult time with her toddler. The people on the bus are staring and shaking their heads but the mother is overwhelmed. She is grateful that the lady two seats behind her left her seat to come and offer some assistance.

Those ladies are everywhere. Another individual is in the supermarket and is unable to purchase all she needs for her family. She has more food in her cart than money and is close to tears because she needs everything in her cart to feed her family.  She doesn’t know what to do. The tears are building on the inside and she is trying her best to keep them from falling. So she begins to remove some of the items in her cart when a voice behind her says, I’ll pay for it. She is confused; she can’t believe that a perfect stranger his willing to help her feed her family.

It is not my intention to make you believe that only women stop to give assistance. One morning, my husband went to find a parking spot before leaving for work. He took much longer than usual. When he returned, he told me he was helping a lady change the tire on her car. Yes, some men are really kind. I met a man like that one day after work. I got to my car and I had a flat tire. I had no idea what to do but I decided I was changing that tire today. I went into the trunk, took out the jack and placed it under the car.

I stood there feeling proud. I knew that before I can change the tire, I had to raise the car. As I bent over to raise the car, someone was driving by, the car topped and the driver reversed. A man came out and he told me he would change the tire. The first thing he did, was flip over the jack. I had the jack upside down. I probably would not have been able to change the tire on my own. I was really grateful for his help.

Some people find pleasure in serving. In the Bible there are many people who lived lives that served others.  In 2 Kings 6, there is a man who lived a life of service. He was a prophet of God who served the king faithfully. There was a neighboring king who wanted to make war with Israel.  He would make elaborate plans to trap them and God would reveal all his plans to Elisha. Elisha would tell the king and so they would avoid the attack. Time after time, he would make plans and Elisha would tell the king.

 He began to blame his staff and accused them of betraying him.  But even in the camp of the enemy, they knew about the ministry of Elijah. His servant told him in 2 Kings 6:12, “It’s not us, my lord the king,” one of the officers replied. “Elisha, the prophet in Israel, tells the king of Israel even the words you speak in the privacy of your bedroom!”  So he tried to kill Elisha but that was just as unsuccessful as all his raids. Eventually, he stopped.

 The king of Israel became easy and relaxed. He was so dependent on the ministry of Elisha that he never took the time to go to God for himself. One day the enemy came and surrounded them but there was no word from the Lord through Elisha. The king became angry and said, “May God strike me and even kill me if I don’t separate Elisha’s head from his shoulders this very day.” What do you do when the king you served wants to take your life?

  Many of us would become angry and refuse to serve anyone again. It’s easy to abdicate your responsibility and blame someone else for what you didn’t do. But Elisha didn’t allow the wickedness of the king to interrupt his service because he understood that in serving the king, he was serving God first.

 When God was ready to deliver, He gave the message to Elisha who in turn delivered the message to the king. If you are one who serves, don’t allow others to derail your life of service. Romans 12:17 says, “Never pay back evil with more evil. Do things in such a way that everyone can see you are honorable.” Elisha honored God with his service. If the king you served, want wants to harm you, honor God with your service.

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