Monday, July 07, 2008

From Selfishness to Servanthood

"Give me.....make me." (Luke 15:12, and 19).

The Prodigal Son is on record as having said two things to his father. But these two statements are separated by years of deep sorrow and great loss. The first statement was that of a brash young man, who in his mind was ready to face the world on his own -- "Father, give me my share of the inheritance." The Father did so, and the willful boy ran headlong into disaster.

Oh, not at first. There were friends and parties, laughter and leisure aplenty -- until his money ran out. No money; no friends. Funny how its still the same today. The boy hit hard and in a defining moment of such darkness, the lights finally turned on. He came to his senses, and then rose up to return to his father.

Only this time there was a difference. His request now was, "Father, make me your servant." Of course, the Father would do no such thing, but the sentiment in the boy's heart was noble indeed. He had moved from selfishness to servanthood.

I think that our Heavenly Father might desire the same of us. How many of our prayers begin with "Father, Give me...." -- and how oft do we seek what we think is best for ourselves, only to end up in sorrow of one sort or another? Perhaps if we were to instead pray, "Father, Make me...." -- then our lives would be filled with the bounty of our God's richest blessings.

Along these lines, Simon Peter offers this time-proven advice -- "So, humble yourselves under God's strong hand, and in his own good time he will lift you up. You can throw the whole weight of your anxieties upon him, for you are his personal concern." (1Peter 5:6,7, Phillips NT).

Do this, and you will make your move from selfishness to servanthood; and God will treat you like a king.

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