Devotion One

By George Volpe

I am humbled and thankful for the men who gave everything they had to establish America, a country founded on freedom and Judeo-Christian principles, the source of which is found in Scripture.

William S. Johnson was a judge, a member of the Continental Congress, signer of the Constitution, framer of the Bill of Rights, U.S. Senator, and President of Columbia College. In an address to graduates, he said, “You this day. . . . have, by the favor of Providence and the attention of friends, received a public education, the purpose whereof hath been to qualify you the better to serve your Creator and your country.”

These men were servants. They were not trying to evade laws and get rich. They were not trying to set themselves up in an elite group of politicians. They were not focused on destroying one another’s reputation for their own selfish benefit. They were interested in honoring God and not afraid to stand up for Jesus. They gave their lives serving the people who were about to make up the greatest country on earth. They were true servants. Where did they learn to serve like that? Without question, they learned to serve by knowing the greatest servant who ever lived − Jesus Christ.

What do we know about Jesus the servant?

Zechariah 3:8 “…behold, I will bring forth my servant the BRANCH.”

Matthew 20:25-28 “But Jesus…said, You know that the princes of the Gentiles exercise dominion over them, and they that are great exercise authority upon them. But it shall not be so among you: but whoever will be great among you, let him be your minister; And whoever will be chief among you, let him be your servant: Even as the Son of man came not to be ministered to, but to minister, and to give his life a ransom for many.”

Luke 22:27 “For which is greater, he that sits at meat, or he that serves? is not he that sits at meat? but I am among you as he that serves.”

Those are the words of a loving heart of service. If anyone could or should expect or even demand to be served, it is Jesus. But here is the Lord God Almighty, the Lord of creation, the Lord of life itself showing by His heart and His life what love is all about. Love gives. Love sacrifices. Love serves. God cares so much more for us than we know or can even imagine. God is not the One shaking a fist at sinful man. He is the One who is serving all of us in every breath, every step, every day. Be like Jesus. Learn how to Serve.

Read Psalm 100.

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Luke 23:1-43

Ps 56

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Luke 23:44-24:12

Ps 57

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