“Speak the Gospel at all times, and when necessary, use words.” – Often attributed to Francis of Assisi
So, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God. – 1 Corinthians 10:31
Servant: “a devoted and helpful follower or supporter” – New Oxford American Dictionary
After coming to the alter to give her heart to God she felt the need to speak. So she asked if she could. The evangelist was willing and the woman spoke. She spoke about the reason she gave her life to Jesus. That it wasn’t because of the preachers words that night. Not because of a life changing epiphany that evening. Not because of a piece of literature. That it was because of a servant in her house. An older woman, broken and frail from the hardships of a lifetime of hard work as a washwoman. That she was giving her heart to the Lord because this woman who, despite her hardships and position in life, never said an unkind word. Was always kind. Always loving. Never complaining. And after losing a daughter not long before, this servant woman, “Brought joy and gladness into [her] barren and empty life.” She recounted how her servant had read to her from the Bible about the hope of life after death. Offering her, “[Her] first ray of hope.” She said that, “[She] began to long for that something which made her life so beautiful.” That something was Jesus. That something is always Jesus. One of the most controversial statements in the Bible can be found in Ephesians 6:5, in which the Apostle Paul instructs slaves to, “Obey your earthly masters with respect and fear, and with sincerity of heart, just as you would obey Christ.” For many years and generations this verse was used to defend slavery. But Paul wasn’t condoning slavery. He wasn’t talking to slave owners in their capacity as masters of people. He was speaking to slaves and to the ability they had. They may not have had the ability to be free. But they did have the ability to serve God. They may not have had the power to influence their masters with earthly things, but they had the ability to influence with the Godly. By simply living like followers of Christ. We’re all servants and slaves to something. There are things that control our earthly lives in very real and tangible ways. Things we don’t wield a great deal of influence over. However, we can be like that servant who brought a woman to Christ through simple kindness and love. Whether earned or not.
* The story recounted today can be read from the book, Little Journeys Into Storyland by Reynolds and Paddock. The chapter is entitled, “Sermons We See.”
Daily Journaling Questions:
- How did I help someone in kindness today?
- What did I learn today?
- What am I thankful for?
- Who did I love today?
- What am I dreaming of?
- What about today do I want to remember forever?
- What are my goals for tomorrow?
Thanks for reading,