Archive for September, 2011


…..and the first will be last

Listening to some amazing worship this morning over a coffee I found myself thinking that as we begin to understand God’s greatness and power, we realise that everything we are is through him. The greater he is in our understanding of this awesome God, the more we should be drawn to servanthood.

I was reminded of Jesus’ words “So the last will be first, and the first will be last.” As I thought about the woman who washed Jesus’ feet and anointed them with oil and Jesus washing the disciples’ feet I thought about the connections throughout the bible with servant leadership and Jesus’ commands to put yourself last, not first in terms of kingdom thinking.

It is the world’s thinking turned on it’s head and poured out to the lost, the needy, the abused, the abandoned, the desolate and the desperate. The global suicide rate is twice as high as the global homicide rate. There is a world of souls lost and broken and if we can’t reach out to bring God’s love into their pain then where is the hope for the world?

Are we ready to be servants? To be the least? To be the last?

Planted by streams of water….

Psalm 1

1 Blessed is the one
who does not walk in step with the wicked
or stand in the way that sinners take
or sit in the company of mockers,
2 but whose delight is in the law of the LORD,
and who meditates on his law day and night.
3 That person is like a tree planted by streams of water,
which yields its fruit in season
and whose leaf does not wither—
whatever they do prospers.

I’ve been pondering the fact that during desert times whatever you do sometimes seems to turn to dust; branches get cut and the leaves are pulled away. Whatever the feelings, God reminds us that the truth of his word says that you will yield fruit in season. The key is to be planted by the streams of his living water and to remember that he says ‘in season.’

The activity of our lives, times of blessing, times of withdrawing, times of building up, times of cutting back; they are all seasonal. I look at the leaves starting to turn and remember that Autumn or Fall is underway and Winter will follow. The irony of this is that I feel that I’m just coming out of a winter in my life and am looking forward to what’s ahead, to the Spring.

Whatever season you are in right now delight in the law of the Lord, meditate on it day and night and remember that your leaves will not wither, you will prosper if you take refuge in him.

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