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Serving Others


Your attitude should be the same as that of Christ Jesus: Who, being in very
nature God, did not consider equality with God something to be grasped, but made
himself nothing, taking the very nature of a servant, being made in human
likeness. Philippians 2:5-7

In September 1880, D. L. Moody, the famous American evangelist, held the first of
the Northfield Bible Conferences in Northfield, Massachusetts. Invited to the
bible conference were over 300 visitors and among those that came to the
Northfield Seminary for the conference was a delegation from Great Britain. As
was their custom, each English guest put his shoes outside his room to be
cleaned by the hall servants overnight. But of course this was America and there
were no hall servants.

Walking the dormitory halls that night, Moody saw the shoes and determined not
to embarrass his brothers. He mentioned the need to some seminary students who
were there, but met with only silence or pious excuses. Moody returned to the
dorm, gathered up the shoes, and, alone in his room, the renowned speaker began
to clean and polish the shoes. Only the unexpected arrival of a friend in the
midst of the work revealed the secret.
When the foreign visitors opened their doors the next morning, their shoes were
shined. They never know by whom. Moody told no one, but his friend told a few
people, and during the rest of the conference, different men volunteered to
shine the shoes in secret.

Are you the type of servant who is ready to serve others in any capacity? Today
in prayer, thank Christ that He humbled Himself to be a servant and seek to
follow the Lord's example.

A servant of God has but one Master - George Muller

By Peter Kennedy
Copyright 2002


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