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    Friday, 1 December 2017

    Our Daily Bread – Daily Devotions from the Word God December 1, 2017

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    TOPIC - The Last Will Be First Our Daily Bread December 1, 2017


    Read: Mark 9:33–37
    Those who humble themselves will be exalted. Matthew 23:12
    Our Daily Bread December 1, 2017

    Recently I was among the last in line to board a large passenger jet with unassigned seating. I located a middle seat beside the wing, but the only spot for my bag was the overhead compartment by the very last row. This meant I had to wait for everyone to leave before I could go back and retrieve it.


    Our Daily Bread December 1, 2017



    I laughed as I settled into my seat and a thought occurred to me that seemed to be from the Lord: “It really won’t hurt you to wait. It will actually do you good.” So I resolved to enjoy the extra time, helping other passengers lower their luggage after we landed and assisting a flight attendant with cleaning. By the time I was able to retrieve my bag, I laughed again when someone thought I worked for the airline.

    We serve Him best by serving others.
    That day’s experience made me ponder Jesus’s words to His disciples: “Anyone who wants to be first, must be the very last, and the servant of all” (Mark 9:35).

    I waited because I had to, but in Jesus’s “upside down” kingdom, there’s a place of honor for those who voluntarily set themselves aside to attend to others’ needs.

    Jesus came into our hurried, me-first world not “to be served, but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many” (Matt. 20:28). We serve Him best by serving others. The lower we bend, the closer we are to Him.  Our Daily Bread December 1, 2017


    Loving Lord, help me to follow You into the needs of others and serve You there.

    Jesus’s kingdom is upside-down.


    | Bible in a Year: Ezekiel 40–41; 2 Peter 3  Our Daily Bread December 1, 2017

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