Saturday, August 4, 2012

Part 6: A Servant Spirit

Speak, for Your servant is listening.  - 1 Samuel 3:10

Each one should us whatever gift he has received to serve others, faithfully administering God's grace in its various forms.  - 1 Peter 4:10

Sacrifices and offerings, burnt offerings and sin offerings you did not desire, nor were you pleased with them...Here I am, I have come to do your will.  - Hebrews 10:8-9

He got up from the meal, took off his outer clothing, and wrapped a towel around his waist.  After that, he poured water into a basin and began to wash his disciples' feet.  - John 13:4-5

In Part 6 of He Speaks To Me by Priscilla Shirer, we learn about the last way to position ourselves to hear from God...Having a servant spirit.  What does it mean to have a servant spirit?  Below is a list of points that Priscilla made in Part 6.  These points helped me answer this question.

*  Genuine happiness comes from fulfilling God's purpose for me.  p. 174
*  Finding and serving in your calling results in a sense of purpose, spiritual growth, and a feeling of satisfaction that you can get in no other way.  When you submit to God's assignment, you find true peace and contentment.  p. 174
*  Scripture says, "And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose" (Romans 8:28).  With this in mind, let's decide to willingly go along with God's plans instead of insisting on our own.  The Lord does not and will not make us do anything.  He will invite us, and we will be blessed as we submit to His calling on our lives.  p. 175
*  A quick look at how you submit to earthly authority will indicate how you submit to divine authority.  p. 175
*  We must also understand that we have been set up to serve.  p. 175
*  God planned everything and created you with exactly what you need to complete the tasks He has for you while you're here on earth.  To walk in His plan you must simply present yourself to Him as a servant.  p. 176
*  My heart transition began when I read 2 Corinthians 4:18:  "We fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen.  For what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal."  p. 177
*  When you understand an accept your God-given assignment, begin to utilize your fits to fulfill it, and present yourself to God as a servant just like Samuel did, you will find divide satisfaction-a contentment this world cannot provide.  p.  177
*  Waiting is very much a part of presenting yourself to God as a true servant.  p. 179
*  We mustn't attempt to rush God.  Rushing spoils the very reason God plans the event for us and cheats us of the joy that comes when we finally experience it.  p. 179
*  God sometimes gives us pieces of information about what may occur, but in our eagerness to see it come to pass, we rush the plans and try to tweak them to fit our desires and goals.  p. 179
*  The psalmist proclaims, "With all my heart, I am waiting, Lord, for you!  I trust your promises" (Psalm 130:5).  p. 180
*  To present ourselves to God as a true servant as Samuel did, we must accept the fact that His assignments don't come free of challenges.  p. 184
*  True servants put their feelings aside and focus on doing what God asks them to do.  p. 184
*  God may well instruct you to do something that will be hard for you to bear.  p. 186
*  Whatever He tells you to do, if you have a servant spirit, you will set aside your feelings and do it.  p. 186
*  Obedience to God always brings rewards-not the least of which is increased communication with God.  p. 187-188
*  Rest assured that behind every challenge we will find God orchestrating the circumstances to build us up and bring Himself glory.  p. 188
*  Service requires you to step out of your comfort zone, and service is other as simple as doing the mundane things of life with a smile on your face.  p. 192
*  Our Savior is the ultimate model of true servanthood.  p. 192
*  Jesus knew that Judas was about to betray Him, but He still washed his feet.  p. 194
*  When Jesus chose to teach the disciples a lesson about servanthood, He didn't preach a sermon; He did something.  p. 195
*  As God begins to speak to you, will He find someone who is busy talking about being a servant, or someone who's busy serving?  p. 196
*  If we're serious about being real servants for God, let's just show up and do.  p. 196
*  God isn't looking for people who claim to want to do what He asks.  He's looking for people who are willing to step out of their comfort zones, take on even the most menial of tasks, and do them with a smile on their face.  p. 197

Think about your life.  If you are a part of this study, most likely you are a parent of a child with autism.  Or a grandparent/aunt/uncle/family friend.  Whatever the case, a child with autism is a very important part of your life.  Let me ask you this...don't you think God knew exactly what He was doing when He entrusted us with our children who have autism?  I think He knew exactly what He was doing.  You see, God does the most amazing things when we let Him.  When we actually position ourselves to hear from God and to the tasks He needs for us to do, the blessings that come afterwards are absolutely amazing.

As we wrap up this study, I pray that we all take the time to position ourselves to hear from God.  I know that we have very busy lives caring, loving and teaching our children with autism.  Take some time this week to review each main point from He Speaks To Me.  Let's really give our lives over to God so that God can do amazing things in our lives.

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