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Day 13 – Issue 20

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Be Still Know

1 Corinthians 13:6 NLT

‘It [love] does not rejoice about injustice but rejoices whenever the truth wins out.’

Common wisdom declares that it’s the final straw that breaks the camel’s back. Life, it seems, has a habit of serving up that last straw on numerous occasions. These are the ones when I break love’s four poles. I fail to bear, believe, hope and endure “all things” (v7, ESV)!

Any success in meeting such exacting demands requires an encounter with God that counters my own natural sense of self-preservation. I’ve spoken before of my role in the Oratory as chief cook and bottle-washer. I am the one who designs, prepares and produces the meals. I put together Jayne’s packed lunch each day and I am pleased to do so. Yet I can feel resentful, and sometimes operate less out of love than forced habit.

How, then, can I rise to Paul’s exacting challenge? Only in as far as I can discern God in all that I do. For that to stand any chance of success, I must see beyond the person to the image of Christ imprinted within them. So when Mum waves her teacup in the air at breakfast, indicating she needs another cup, why is it I react within? Can’t I see that aged 91 she is perhaps struggling to express her need in any other way? What’s more, I actually want to ensure she has all she wants. Yet that action of waving a cup seems to summon me as servant.

I need to grasp that becoming the willing servant of all, at Jesus’ invitation, is a process as much about me as the one served. Each day is a challenge to discover the points at which I am provoked, and learn how I might choose to dethrone myself and make room for Christ. I guess the one served may never notice either me or Christ within, yet that’s not the point. It still remains an eloquent witness to me, if no one else, that I am choosing to ignore the final straw and instead of collapsing beneath its weight, finding the grace to bear the burden and love God.

QUESTION: What truths can you rejoice in today?

PRAYER: Lord Jesus, you came to serve and not to be served. Help me follow your example today. 

Written by: Matt Weet

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