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by: Don Carmichael

07/04/2022

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Confessedly, we tend to attach motives (for our good, of course) to most of our actions.  As the scorpion said the the rescuing frog after stinging him, he did it because he is a scorpion.  That’s what scorpions do.  But this is not what we should do, go around stinging others!  Would we do that?  Really?  Oh, but we do!   How small is our tongue, yet it “sets ablaze a large forest.”
“Jesus called them over and said, “You know that the rulers of the Gentiles Lord it over them, and those in high positions act as tyrants over them.  It must not be like that among you.  On the contrary, whoever wants to become great among you must be your servant, and whoever wants to be first among you must be your slave; just as the Son of Man (Jesus Himself) did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.””  Service, founded on God’s love, loving others in the same way Jesus shows His love beyond the Cross, every day.
Has not God also stated, “Isn’t this the fast I choose: To break the chains of wickedness, to untie the ropes of the yoke, to set the oppressed free, and to tear off every yoke?” Meaning, these are the important things to God, having meaning and purpose and proper attitude in true service to Him.  As one former President proclaimed, “…ask what you can do for your country.” 
Father, thank You for Your higher calling for us to love You first with our all, then others as Jesus loves us.  Mold us from the inside out to serve both Kingdom and nation Your way.
‭‭As you look beyond the celebrations in honor of our nation today, look to serve the people of our nation where you have been placed, with the attitudes and actions motivated by God Himself, which is for His kingdom.
‭‭James‬ ‭3:5‬, Matthew‬ ‭20:25-28‬, John 15:12, Isaiah‬ ‭58:6‬ ‭CSB‬‬ ‬‬
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Confessedly, we tend to attach motives (for our good, of course) to most of our actions.  As the scorpion said the the rescuing frog after stinging him, he did it because he is a scorpion.  That’s what scorpions do.  But this is not what we should do, go around stinging others!  Would we do that?  Really?  Oh, but we do!   How small is our tongue, yet it “sets ablaze a large forest.”
“Jesus called them over and said, “You know that the rulers of the Gentiles Lord it over them, and those in high positions act as tyrants over them.  It must not be like that among you.  On the contrary, whoever wants to become great among you must be your servant, and whoever wants to be first among you must be your slave; just as the Son of Man (Jesus Himself) did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.””  Service, founded on God’s love, loving others in the same way Jesus shows His love beyond the Cross, every day.
Has not God also stated, “Isn’t this the fast I choose: To break the chains of wickedness, to untie the ropes of the yoke, to set the oppressed free, and to tear off every yoke?” Meaning, these are the important things to God, having meaning and purpose and proper attitude in true service to Him.  As one former President proclaimed, “…ask what you can do for your country.” 
Father, thank You for Your higher calling for us to love You first with our all, then others as Jesus loves us.  Mold us from the inside out to serve both Kingdom and nation Your way.
‭‭As you look beyond the celebrations in honor of our nation today, look to serve the people of our nation where you have been placed, with the attitudes and actions motivated by God Himself, which is for His kingdom.
‭‭James‬ ‭3:5‬, Matthew‬ ‭20:25-28‬, John 15:12, Isaiah‬ ‭58:6‬ ‭CSB‬‬ ‬‬
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