Loving Service

A True servant loves his work. To him it has a higher meaning than the mere performing of a task. This holds true in every walk of life. One might serve through necessity, or from a sense of personal devotion to another, but love of work and unselfish service bring their own reward in true satisfaction. Such service is impersonal and progressive, and it has limitless possibilities.

The patriarchs were faithful servants of God, inspiring examples of patience, energy, and perseverance. By reason of his very meekness Moses was chosen to lead the children of Israel out of bondage. Abraham and Joshua were distinguished for their willingness to obey and for their fidelity in serving. David acknowledged with gratitude and joy, I am "thy servant." Likewise Solomon, his son, in succeeding to the throne recognized his great responsibility in this humble prayer: "Give ... thy servant an understanding heart to judge thy people, that I may discern between good and bad." How richly he was endowed with wisdom in answer to his prayer!

Daniel's devotion to God so impressed King Darius that he was moved to say, "Thy God whom thou servest continually, he will deliver thee." The king's clear discernment was truly prophetic, and not only were there protection and deliverance for Daniel, but there went forth by the king's decree a message of peace throughout the kingdom and to neighboring nations. The prophets rendered enduring service not only in their individual lives but in the priceless writings which they left to the world.

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