LESSONS FROM GODLY WOMEN
SERVING GOD MEANS SERVING OTHERS: In Genesis 24, Abraham’s servant was sent to find a bride for Isaac. He selected Rebekah because she was willing to give him a drink and sacrificially water his camels. It was no easy task hauling water from a deep well to many thirsty camels.. She didn’t even know the person she was helping,
In Matthew 25:34-40 it says, in giving to others, we are really giving to Jesus. What we do for others, we do for Him. We serve by putting the needs of others before our own. Like Rebekah, a godly people give willing to others.
Are you quick and willing to give to others in need? Will you go out of your way and sacrifice to help someone you don’t know and who can’t pay you back? Will you help someone even when no one knows the sacrifice you made? This starts in your family. Do you sacrifice willingly to serve others in your family?
SERVING GOD MEANS SPEAKING THE TRUTH IN LOVE: Priscilla was a gifted teacher and writer in the early church. She ministered with her husband, Aquila. When the gifted preacher Apollos spoke in their church, she realized he left out something important in his teaching. Priscilla, her husband with her, took him aside and “explained to him the way of God more accurately” (Acts 18). She didn’t interrupt him in public, but talked to him privately. She was tactful and careful in how she approached the topic and how she presented the truth to him. She didn’t shame or embarrass him. What she did was to help and improve, not hurt him. She spoke the truth in love and gentleness (Ephesians 4:15), but she did speak the truth.
When you need to do this, remember the Golden Rule and talk to others the way you would want them to talk to you in times of needed correction (Matthew 7:12).
Are you able to correct others with gentleness? Is there someone you know now that needs correcting? How can you best do this, remembering the Golden Rule? How do you respond when someone tries to correct you? Do you humbly listen and learn, or do you react in anger and defensiveness?