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Monday – Psalm 90.17. These words appear at the end of a psalm written by Moses. Reading this psalm, one gets the strong sense that we have deep challenges in life, but we have a great God to whom we belong, and we can serve and honor him through our work. Martin Luther wrote, “The whole world could abound with the services to the Lord, not only in churches, but also in the home, kitchen, workshop, and field.” Pray to joyfully serve him in the tasks of your day.

Tuesday – John 13.12-17. Jesus, who Paul would later state is “the image of the invisible God,” is here washing dirty feet, the task of a servant−God himself dignifying humble service. Mother Teresa said of exhibiting Jesus through service: “Do not pursue spectacular deeds. In the work we have to do, it does not matter how small or humble it might be. Make it Christ’s love in action. What matters is the gift of yourself, the degree of love that you put into each one of your actions.”

Wednesday – Hebrews 13.15-16. When we think of expressions of praise, we naturally think of singing praises. However, a lifestyle of service is evidence of deep praise and worship of God. “The highest form of worship is the worship of unselfish Christian service. The greatest form of praise is the sound of consecrated feet seeking out the lost and helpless.” (Billy Graham)

Thursday – Acts 7.1-7. Isn’t it captivating to think that the apostles sought people who were “full of the Holy Spirit and wisdom” for what, to some, might seem to be a humble task, lacking importance? However, the apostles deemed this work to be vital ministry and prayed for servant leaders to take the lead by serving and overseeing. Pray today for the team of women at BFC who faithfully prepare delicious meals and kindly host funeral lunches for grieving families. Also pray for Common Threads,our newly formed ministry to widows.

Friday – Matthew 14.25-33. John Ortberg, pastor and author, wrote an engaging book entitled, If You Want to Walk on Water, You Have to Get Out of the Boat. Obeying Christ and serving Him through serving others often involves stepping out of what is familiar and secure. It’s both exciting and sometimes, unnerving or even terrifying. The source of our ability to obey is a deep focus on Christ, himself, who invites us to “step out of our boat” and adventure with Him.

Saturday – Matthew 20.20-28. In many circles, Mama Zebedee would be praised for networking, using her connections to try and gain promotions for her two boys, James and John. Yes, the politics and values of the world can infect and have a negative effect on the community of faith. Much too often, we just don’t get Jesus and Kingdom values, do we? The way Jesus values people is upside down from the way we are taught. Pray today that God will show us where the true and deep joy and value of our lives can be−in serving others for Jesus and in the manner of Jesus.