Has God ever done anything for you? I’m sure He has- you’re reading this, right? That means you woke up this morning with breath in your body. There was no hearse at your front door. And I’m sure that’s just one of many. He’s done amazing things for me in my life, and in the life of my friends and family.
Yesterday, my husband, Markus, preached a message (and did a great job!) about forgetting what God has done for us. If it weren’t for God, we could be lost, in jail, dead, still in Egypt’s bondage, etc. Yet, we tend to overlook all He’s done for us in the midst of the everyday chaos of life.
Today I want to share with you the story of a mighty woman from the Bible who could teach all of us a BIG lesson on how to react to the blessings of an Almighty God. Sure, her story is very short, all of two scriptures long. And sure, she doesn’t even have a name (that I know of) other than “Peter’s Mother-in-Law,” but we should all strive to be just like her. Watch this…
“Now when Jesus had come into Peter’s house, He saw his wife’s mother lying sick with a fever. So He touched her hand, and the fever left her. And she arose and served them.”- Matthew 8:14-15
Did you see that? The very last line…“And she arose and served them.” Jesus had done something wonderful for her. He healed her. Her response? She immediately arose to serve Him. Wow! That simply simple statement just blows my mind. Why? Because I have been in church all my life, and for the past several years, I have been involved not just as a member, but as a part of leadership. You know what I have noticed? People come in needing/wanting something from the Lord. When they get what they came for, they walk right back out the doors, never to be heard from again until there’s something else they need/want. Really? You mean, you’ve noticed this, too? It’s a pretty disappointing cycle.
Peter’s mother-in-law was the exact opposite. She didn’t walk out the door because she got what she needed from Jesus, never to be heard from again. Instead, she began to serve the One who made her whole. She became a servant to the One who supplied her need.
That’s how we’re supposed to react to the greatness of our Lord and all the blessings He has bestowed upon us. We are to serve Him. In becoming His servant, we will gain a servant’s heart. In gaining a servant’s heart, we have a desire to serve…a call to servant hood. Living a life of servant hood makes us an example and a light to a lost and dying world. That’s what the lost need to see…a Christian with desire to serve the living God, not a “Christian” who only lives the life in time of need.
As I said, we could all learn from this woman, myself included. Think about everything the Lord has done for you, great or small. No matter what it is, He deserves for us to love and serve Him in return. Yes, He gives us free will and allows us to choose how to respond. But what He deserves is a child that will love and serve Him.
I love to bless people!! Love it! I love to see the reaction of blessing others, especially when it’s done in secret and no one has a clue that it was me. (As it should be done secretly; “don’t let your left hand know what your right hand is doing”.) It makes me feel good.
Not to brag on myself, but here are some of the things that I do, that you may like to try:
There are several ways to be a blessings to someone and it doesn’t always have to be financial.
You never know what these little things can mean to someone. They could be having a horrible day and you just might be what they need to lift them up! It could also start a chain reaction of niceness to others. It could become an epidemic! Bless out ya’ll!!
In July of 2004, I made friends with a group of people in an IHOP. If you know me, this comes as no surprise. We ended up merging our tables and the other group came and sat with my group. One of these persons is a guy who we will refer to as “Chuck”…
That night was full of fun and laughter. I kept in touch with a few via phone, text, myspace, email, etc. “Chuck” was one of them. A few years later we reacquainted. I was busy with work/life and never thought twice about him. He was dating Julie, who I didn’t know.
Fast forward a few months: “Chuck” is about to leave for deployment (He was a Marine) and wants to meet up, just as friends. Before you know it, “Chuck” and I are dating. Only mentioned an ex-girlfriend a few times. Leaves for Iraq, and while there: rips my heart to shreds. I was left hurt, very confused, and angry. I was determined before that to never fall for anyone again, and I did… only to be let down.
In the time we were dating before he left, I got to know some of his friends. One was his best friend’s girlfriend, Le Anna. When “Chuck” and I broke up, she insisted I come along on a girls night. She brought 2 other girls. Steph and….. Julie, who also brought her now husband. I realized within seconds she was the girl in the pictures with “Chuck” a few months before I started dating him, but we were very cool with each other and quickly became friends. Before the end of the night, she ended up consoling me, and we both insisted we had to remain in contact.
That was almost 5 years ago. Now, I could easily look back on all of that and say “God, why? Why did you allow my heart to be broken?” However, I look at it like this, “God, thank you for the gift of friendship you have given me in these 3 women. Especially Julie. She’s always there right when I need her with a wise word, song lyric, or scripture. It was all worth it to know these girls!”
God knows what he’s doing, people. All the time. Even when we aren’t serving him at the time. And what may seem like something horrible in your midst, never forget that something good can come from it. Even the Bible states this:
And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose.
Romans 8:28 NKJV
A month after I met Julie, I met and married my husband Bobby who is the love of my life. I could have NEVER imagined that I would ever find someone like him. He is a dream come true and one of the greatest gifts God ever gave me. I quickly forgot about “Chuck”, and still had 3 awesome new friends! A few months later, Julie and Chad were married and remain to be very happy.
You know what that means…
“Chuck” is apparently “Good Luck”… If you’re single and tired of it, I suggest looking him up… Just kidding. Save yourself the trouble, don’t. Just be friends with us instead.