Thursday, April 4, 2013

Servant - Ladies Bulletin

I am sitting here with my father in law on day 2 of his chemo treatment. As I watch these nurses with all of these cancer patients I am truly grateful for them. Today is Halloween and they have dressed up.  These ladies are so friendly and caring.  These ladies are true servants. How can we apply this to our Christian lives and be true servants?  When I think of servant I am lead to the following acrostic.

             S – Serves (Phi. 2:4, Col. 3:23)

These nurses take care of these patients, serving them with patience and tenderness.  Do we serve others?

E-Empowers (2 Tim. 2:2, Titus 2:3-5)

Empower means to give power or authority to; to enable or permit.  The Bible is our authority and as Christians we are commanded to study and to teach others. We need to give them the truth. The nurses are empowering the patients in the fight to overcome cancer.  Are we empowering those in sin with the truth?

R-Reaches (1 Pet. 3:15)

Reaching out to others is our mission. Christ came to seek and to save the lost (Luke 19:10). That was His mission and so that is our mission. We need to study and be ready when asked why we are Christians.  We need to live Christian lives so
we are noticed as different and happy to be different so others will ask us. If they don’t notice we are different, they will not ask questions, and we will not reach others. The nurses reach out to the patients. They are willing to go get them water, snacks, pillows, etc. Reaching out to some physical need can be the first step in serving physically as well as spiritually.  We need to reach out with a helping hand.
             V-Values (John 8:31-32)
Where do we truly get our values? We get them from God’s Word the Holy Bible. We are to walk in the Word to be Christ’s disciples. Are we willing to go the extra mile?  Today at the cancer treatment center they are having a patient appreciation day. This day was so fun for the patients and overwhelming to an extent.  They have had door prizes and the nurses have dressed up and then vendors upon request from the nurses have had food coming in all day long.  They have had donuts, brownies, cookies, eggs, pancakes, bacon, sausage, cake, salad, lasagna, manicotti, chicken parmesan, garlic bread.  That was just while we were there.  There was supposed to be hamburgers as well and other stuff coming.
A-Adores (Psa 122:1)
Adore means to love intensely.  Do we adore (love intensely) Christ? If so, we will show it with our actions. Remember the old adage, actions speak louder than words. That is also why we teach our children to be careful what they do and a picture is worth a thousand words. Let’s go back to our nurses, their actions show the adoration they have for their patients. They have to love what they do to be able to stick these patients with needles and give them medicine that is to help them but could also make them sick. They are so patient and helpful.
N-Networks (Heb. 10:24-25)
The word network means an interconnected system of things or people. These nurses are their own network so to speak within themselves.  Each have a different role to play but each also assist each other such as one getting medications, one checking stats, another helping with a difficult stick.  Are we as Christians a network of people? Do you feel connected to other fellow Christians in your congregation? What about brothers and sisters in other congregations in other states?
T-Thrives (James 5:16)
The word thrive means to grow vigorously.  As we grow as Christians in knowledge as well as our Christian relationships we are thriving in God’s will. It has been wonderful and inspiring watching these nurses as they interact and connect with their patients. Even though, these patients come in some feeling good, some slow moving and tired from the day before, but when they get here and these sweet nurses begin to work with them and talk to them it is wonderful to watch their moods change. Do we as Christians do that with fellow Christians and non-Christians?
Are you a servant?  

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