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ATTITUDE NOT APTITUDE


Jesus' message here is that everybody can be great ... because anybody can serve. Dave Stone says that "service is the language of grace."


One day a couple of church members were out distributing loaves of bread in a low-income housing complex. They came to an apartment where they heard arguing through the door, but they decided to knock anyway. A man opened the door and asked what they wanted. One of the visitors said, "We don't want anything. We just wondered if you know anyone who could use some loaves of bread?"


"Why are you doing that?" the man asked.


"Just to let people know that God loves them."


"What did you just say?" the man asked, rather anxiously.


"We're just handing out loaves of bread to let people know that God loves them."


The man stared and said, "I can't believe this. We just buried our three-week-old son yesterday, and now here you are at our door."


The visitors offered to pray with them, and the couple accepted their offer. As they were leaving, and the door was being closed, they heard the husband say to his wife, "See, honey? I told you God cares. We thought he wasn't paying attention to us, but he sent those people here to make sure we knew."


Too many people make excuses as to why they can't serve. Can you bake a cake? Can you cook some food item? Can you cut someone's grass? Can you call people and give them an encouraging word? Can you do housework? Can you do handy work? Can you donate anything of value? Can you stop along your way and give a smile? Can you take an interest in someone else's life?


The big thing is that you have to be ready to serve. You have to open your eyes and your ears to the needs of others. 1 Pet. 4:10 -- "Each one should use whatever gift he has received to serve others, faithfully administering God's grace in its various forms."


(From a sermon by Michael Luke, The Demonstration Factor, 5/5/2011)

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