Preparing for Thanksgiving: Part 3

Is Your Soul and Are Your Hands Prepared for Thanksgiving?

Our ability to extend hospitality and demonstrate true loving service to others is linked to the work of the Spirit in our spirit… to change us from self-seeking to others-serving people. Will you join me in praying that this Thanksgiving, our spirits will be one of service? To look like Christ?

ROMANS 12:9-13  Let love be genuine. Abhor what is evil; hold fast to what is good. Love one another with brotherly affection. Outdo one another in showing honor. Do not be slothful in zeal, be fervent in spirit, serve the Lord. Rejoice in hope, be patient in tribulation, be constant in prayer. Contribute to the needs of the saints and seek to show hospitality.

MATTHEW 20:26-28 It shall not be so among you. But whoever would be great among you must be your servant, and whoever would be first among you must be your slave, even as the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.”

PHILIPPIANS 2:5-9 Have this mind among yourselves, which is yours in Christ Jesus, who, though he was in the form of God, did not count equality with God a thing to be grasped, but emptied himself, by taking the form of a servant, being born in the likeness of men. And being found in human form, he humbled himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross.

This is the mind Jesus wants us to have: to long for and live for the Father’s glory and not our own. Ironically, only those who have this mind will experience lasting exaltation. But this exaltation will have humility at the core, not pride. Because it will be the Father, who has given us everything, exalting us. And when he does it will be his glory that shines. – John Piper

A Prayer Reminding Us to Serve, Not Fix People (Scotty Smith)– an after Christmas prayer that is good year-round.

Serve God by doing common actions in a heavenly spirit, and then, if your daily calling only leaves you cracks and crevices of time, fill them up with holy service. – Charles Spurgeon

A man of a right spirit is not a man of narrow and private views, but is greatly interested and concerned for the good of the community to which he belongs, and particularly of the city or village in which he resides, and for the true welfare of the society of which he is a member. -Jonathan Edwards



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