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SERVING TO ELEVATE

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Servants are great leaders.  Contrary to popular opinion service does not reduce one, the one who serves, is the one who leads. This generation where the lyrics are me,myself and I, self serving wants to be the norm, but as a Christian should you follow that supposedly “norm”? There was a man named Boaz and a woman called Ruth,widowed and a foreigner,both out to seek the good of others, that was  how their life was changed forever. Before we continue, it’s good for us to establish this fact, in serving, what is your motive? What is the intent of your heart? But I, the Lord , search all hearts and examine secret motives. I give all people their due rewards, according to what their actions deserve.” Jeremiah 17:10 NLT Ruth,choose to serve her mother inlaw Naomi, Naomi didn’t have anything to offer has far as the eye can see,she was widowed as well,childless and owned no earthly possessions.  Ruth was aware of these but choose to serve her anyway and whole heartedly. In serving, stay the course,don’t give up half way, do not get discouraged, for in the place of service, lies your lifting as we find in the life of Ruth, Boaz and anyone that has ever served faithfully. A servant is in the position of trust,do not take advantage of the trust put in you,for your service when no one is watching shows your strength of character. Remember serving does not reduce you. In Ruth 4 there was a mention of a family redeemer, he was supposed to do right by his family and inherit Elimelech’s land and marry Ruth,this family redeemer refused, incase it affected his inheritance. Then Boaz told him, “Of course, your purchase of the land from Naomi also requires that you marry Ruth, the Moabite widow. That way she can have children who will carry on her husband’s name and keep the land in the family.” “Then I can’t redeem it,” the family redeemer replied, “because this might endanger my own estate. You redeem the land; I cannot do it.” Ruth 4:5‭-‬6 NLT I am certain this family redeemer does have a name,definitely a wealthy man, but he was never named,why, when you refuse to serve or are serving for the wrong purpose you remain in obscurity. Boaz’s intention was to raise a name for Elimelech and leave an inheritance for his descendants.  In so doing, Boaz was lifted from obscurity. And with the land I have acquired Ruth, the Moabite widow of Mahlon, to be my wife. This way she can have a son to carry on the family name of her dead husband and to inherit the family property here in his hometown. You are all witnesses today.” Ruth 4:10 NLT Serving to elevate requires integrity, not self serving, no eye service. As a servant our ultimate goal is for the good of the one we choose to serve.        

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