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Sunday, December 04, 2005

SUNDAY SERMON ON THE BLOG - Let’s Go Somewhere Quieter.

The apostles returned to Jesus and told him all that they had done and taught. And he said to them, "Come away by yourselves to a desolate place and rest a while." For many were coming and going, and they had no leisure even to eat. And they went away in the boat to a desolate place by themselves. - Mark 6:30-32. (ESV)

The good we do for the Kingdom occurs because of God's work through us. Yes, we offer ourselves to be used by God as his vessels, but the glory, the power, and the effectiveness come from our obedient submission, and God's glorious work through us. To God belongs all the glory!

But, being used by God is tiring work no matter how exciting it may be. God's servants need periods of rest and renewal. This means getting away from the rush of ministry and rekindling our passions, energy, and focus in the presence of other devoted servants and in the presence of Jesus as we honour God.

In other words, humility has two faces: first, humility is seen in the life of a person who serves God for the Father's glory, and second, humility is seen when those who serve God acknowledge their need for rest and time away from the rush to be with God.

Loving Father, give me the right heart to be a humble servant. Help me by the power of the Holy Spirit, to remove from me the desire to accomplish great things, if my name is known, or my actions are praised, instead of yours. I want you to be glorified Lord, so gently humble me when I try to depend upon my own energies, rather than spending time resting in your presence, letting you re-kindle my spirit, and re-energise my body. In the wonderful name Jesus I pray. Amen.

Be encouraged!

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