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Service- it's not only why He came, but how He came. Philippians 2 says, taking the very nature of a servant...And being found in appearance as a man, he humbled himself and became obedient to death (vs 7,8). I almost missed my opportunity to follow His example.
I knew was what the Holy Spirit was prompting me to do. The temperature was dropping. There she stood willing to give her time in the cold, ringing that seasonal bell. The least I could do was to offer to buy her coffee or hot chocolate. Easy-peasy, right? Should be, but you see, I don't like to have attention drawn to me, even for doing something good for somebody. I sat in my car mulling over whether I would be obedient.
What if she doesn't like coffee or hot chocolate?
What if she looks at me like I'm crazy?
What if people notice?
Hello, crossroads. I had to decide would I go with what's comfortable or what's obedient. Y'all, I almost drove away. It's sad, but that is my typical response. Praise, God, for being willing to work on this heart. I'm tired of petting my flesh.
In all honesty, it took everything in me to get out of that car. It took making the right decision each step of the way.
Just keep walking don't walk by her.
Just give her the money and keep moving.
Ask her if she like coffee or hot chocolate.
I did. I don't say that to illicit your praise. Simply, I need to share with you that obedience, big or small, is a choice- a hard choice in many cases. Jesus obedience was harder than the decisions we have to make on our hardest days.
In this season, when the rush is upon us, remember why He came and how He came- in utter obedience. As I celebrate, Jesus, I want to follow His model of service.
May your day be full of a sweet awareness of His presence!
In His Name,