I was reading my Bible today in Luke 17 when I received a revelation from God that humbled me and reminded me of certain things in my life that I need to keep in focus. Jesus came to serve and DIE for us!! So no one can say that He is not fair or that He demands too much! He gave ALL!! For you and me! So with that being said I saw another side of who God is in this chapter. Jesus was more speaking to those with self and spiritual pride issues within themselves. But we must allow Jesus to examine our heart to discover if these things are inside of us as well. And as you read the verses try to imagine that the men and the servant is you in your today job or serving in the church or your ministry. This opened my eyes and made me want to cry! But it's simple!
In verses 11-18, Jesus heals 10 men with leprosy while they were on their way to the priests to present themselves and begin the ritual of those who have been cleansed. Only one returns singing and shouting praises to God and falls at Jesus' feet to say thank you. Jesus was amazed that only one had come back after all had been healed. Jesus was astonished at how the other 9 had acted after He did something wonderful in their lives...as if nothing had happened and they went on with their lives. Kind of makes me thing..."Finally got what we needed, now let's go." or "It's about time...been praying about that for a while, now let's go on." How sad!! How many times do we do this very same thing? And amaze our God at how we act. The very gift of Salvation should put us at the level of that one man who came back shouting and singing praises to God!! Everyday!! Not just at that moment or week that we receive salvation! And then the countless acts of kindness and mercy throughout our lives should keep that fire going in our spirit to shout and sing praises everyday!! And how often do I find MYSELF complaining or thinking that's not fair? Or this is too hard. It stinks!!! Stinks bad!! Then we read in verses 7-10 in that same chapter and find the same idea taught there. If we are serving God as His servants, then why do we at times think this is not fair or man I deserve something better than this after all I have done! Here Jesus teaches that we are serving the King and Master! We have done nothing to deserve this privilege but His gift allows us to be able to serve Him. Jesus says in verse 10, "So you also, when you have done everything you were told to do, should say, 'We are unworthy servants; we have only done our duty'." And what do we normally say or think?? Huh?? I know many times that is not my response. Sometimes I act and talk like I deserve better after all I've done or given. How foolish and destructive that is to me. The very fact that I am allowed to serve Him...many times by serving others...is a privilege and a great honor for me. I want to cry at how often I have treated my Master and God after I have completed the tasks He has allowed me to do. But if we take on this spirit and this attitude...which is all of what Jesus was on Earth...we then put ourselves in the position where God can teach us more about Himself and who He is. And then become more like Him! Another Wow! So I am re-focusing today on how I can serve better and serve with this attitude and heart! I want to shout and sing about the goodness of God in Guatemala! And at the end of the day thank God for the privilege of serving Him and serving others. Because I also know that my Master loves me and desires to be with me intimately! How wonderful and amazing that is! I am an unworthy servant!! Only doing my duty!! There you go....
What We Do
- Eyes Wide Open Ministries
- We are non-denominational missionaries working with pastors, churches, schools, and the local hospital in Chiquimula, Guatemala. We host training seminars for pastors, leaders, and youth from rural areas and we help supply the congregations with Biblical materials to minister to their communities. We are currently building a Ministry Center to host the events. We visit several public schools to share a Biblical story and play with the kids. We also pray in the local hospital and give out toys, toiletries, and Biblical materials. Ways to Be a Part of this Ministry: Come - We need pastors and leaders to come and teach these pastors and leaders here in Guatemala. Or you could bring a group to work in the churches or schools with construction or evangelism. Financially Support - If you would like to support this ministry, please visit our website at www.eyeswideopenministries.com to donate online or send your donation to: Killen UMC Mission P.O.Box 249 Killen, Alabama 35645 Make your checks payable to Killen UMC Missions and designate the check to Daniel McIntyre All donations are tax-deductible. Pray - Please pray we will follow God's leading in all we do.