Tuesday, March 1, 2016

How May I Serve You, Or How Can I Sell You? A new post By Debra Courtney

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“…But I am among you as one who serves.” Luke 22: 27

How many of you know that success in this prosperous, generous, and slothful age is easy for a Christian? It hangs like a ripe plum from a tree. With a ladder named wisdom, it is within easy reach of all. Hey girl, climb and take it! Do not make excuses; do not blame others; use the ladder and pick the fruit before you miss out.

Have you noticed now how more than in the past how foreigners often come to America with very little and make prosperous lives? They typically do not complain, sue, or talk of discrimination. They work diligently, live frugally, save faithfully, adapt wisely, and exist peacefully. But others with greater advantages go nowhere. What is the difference? Without knowing God, some practice natural wisdom.

I’d like for us to take a quick look at Joseph who was a teenage foreign slave with a shepherd’s resume, which the Egyptians despised. But he advanced by God’s blessing in Potiphar’s house (Gen 39:1-6). Though accused and convicted of rape, faithfulness in prison earned him an administrative role there (Gen 39:19-23). Then he passed Pharaoh’s sons and ruled Egypt (Gen 41:38-46)! He was a fervent and effectual servant! WOW!

I’d like for us to take a quick look at Daniel who was a teenage Jewish war captive that was made a eunuch. But he graduated at the top of his class in the king’s management program (Dan 1:18-21). Though a foreigner, he was promoted over all Babylon and was chief of staff to King Nebuchadnezzar. He retained his high positions for 70 years, even when Cyrus the Persian took the empire. He was a fervent and effectual servant! WOW!

I’d like for us to take a quick look at David who conducted himself wisely and the nation loved him (I Sam 18:30). What was his background? He was a shepherd from the lowly town of Bethlehem, ignored by his own family when they considered sons for honor. He easily passed his seven older brothers. And the reigning king’s own family chose David over their father. He was a fervent and effectual servant!

So, what are trying to say Debra is the source of success in this characterization? Wisdom! It is the quality that embodies all the instruction of being a servant and not a sales person!

A poor child can be promoted past an old king for one simple reason – WISDOM (Ec 4:13). The king resents being admonished, so he rejects correction. A man too proud to listen to others is worse than a fool (Pr 26:12). A wise child is willing to learn (Pr 9:9). He has no problem being told what to do. That young man is going somewhere! The king, nowhere!

At the very least ponder these examples. Then let me know what you think! (Comment below to continue the conversation.)

                                    ...your voice is unique, and it is sweet to God’s ears.”
                                                                           Song of Songs 2:14

Debra’s life goal is to inspire and motivate women globally to become all they have been created and designed to be by using the guiding principles of their Creator’s word in gaining wisdom, understanding their designed-given personality identities & create their purpose!  You can contact Debra at dwcscc@yahoo.com

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