Read Genesis 24:16-21
“And when she had done giving him drink, she said, I will draw water for thy camels also, until they have done drinking” (v. 19).
Has “servant practice” led you to a position that you didn’t expect, one for which you did not work, anticipate, or feel qualified?
Rebekah is pure, attractive, strong, articulate, efficient, gracious, and generous. Without being asked, she serves. She goes out of her way. For a stranger. For no “known” profit, thought, or reason. Without any selfish motivations. When she is finished with the initial request she does more, and more, and more. That’s what true servants do.
There is a big difference between serving and seeking to serve. The former is attached to the duties and assignments of life; often they are tasks expected of me. The latter is something I seek. How often do I rake the leaves for an elderly neighbor or take time to listen to a heartache? When did I last go out of my way for a stranger who needed a ride? When did I last give my meal away to someone who needed it more than I?
What Rebekah did had nothing to do with her responsibilities involving her service commitments to her family and their livestock. She stepped beyond that to authentic servanthood.
In chapel services at Mountain State Bible School, we often sang about serving Him because we love Him, allowing Him to take our ruined lives, and use them for His glory. (SEM)
To one who has been given life, serving is a joy!
This devotional is the Tuesday, November 14, 2017 entry of Opening the Word.