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Putting God's Word into Practice…

Deuteronomy 3 ~ Servant

on October 28, 2014

O LORD GOD, You have only begun to show Your SERVANT Your greatness and Your mighty hand. For what god is there in heaven or on earth who can do such works and mighty acts as Yours? (Deuteronomy 3:24)

God displays His greatness and might constantly, but recognizing it depends on our view of ourselves.  If we laid a diamond on a white piece of cloth, it would not look nearly as radiant as when it were laid on black cloth.  The loftier the view we have of ourselves, the dimmer His power looks to us.  The lowlier our view of ourselves, the greater His glory shines! God reveals His character and power to His servants.  Servants!  Do we view ourselves as servants?  If we are not witnessing God’s power in our lives, maybe we have too grand a view of our status.

God has been bringing verses to mind with this word “servant” in them quite often.  Some specific ones are:

  • “Have you considered my servant, Job?” (Job 1:8, 2:3)
  • “I am your servant, may it be to me as you have said.” (Luke 1:38, Mary)
  • “Have this mind among yourselves which is yours in Christ Jesus, who, though he was in the form of God, did not count equality with God a thing to be grasped, but made himself nothing, taking the form of a servant, being born in the likeness of men.” (Phil. 2:5-7)
  • “Well done, good and faithful servant!” (Matthew 25:23)

What do those verses tell me:

  • God’s eyes are always on His servants.
  • Servants of the Lord are surrendered to His ways and take Him at His word.
  • Servanthood was good enough for Jesus, it’s good enough for me.
  • When I see Jesus, He isn’t going to say, “Well done, good and faithful exerciser…reader…Bible study leader…cook…organizer…blogger” but “servant.”  All those things could be part of being a servant, but servanthood has to be the umbrella over them; the foundation under them.

How can we keep this humble view of ourselves?  Fix our eyes on His greatness and might!  Let His brilliance captivate us!

Lord, at the end of my life, may my epitaph merely read, “Servant of the Lord.”

Bonus Thought:  In the first part of the chapter the most common verb phrase in some form is, “The LORD gives…”  It is easy to forget the generosity of the Lord. He is a giver!!!  Let’s focus our minds on that aspect of His character today!

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