Breaking Bread For 2.18.21

Scripture

By myself I can do nothing; I judge only as I hear, and my judgment is just, for I seek not to please myself but him who sent me.

John 5:30

Reflection

If you take your last breath this very moment, could you say with the strongest of convictions that you have led your life the way you intended? The way God intended? Have you treated people better than the thing you love the most? Or does your most prized possession garner greater attention from you? Do you treat people as your equal, as though it is your mission to serve them? Or do you treat people as though you’re superior, better, more entitled, or more special?

Jesus is the ultimate servant leader. He never had to go around bragging and boasting, and telling people, “Google me” (whatever the ancient version of that would be). He didn’t even have to say that he was the Son of God in order to get them to follow. He didn’t have to show off or declare his authority over others in order to get them to follow him. People followed because they believed what they heard, saw, and wanted to experience. Through his actions and demonstrations he proved his ability. He didn’t just talk the talk he walked the walk. But he also knew that the only way to build our Father’s Kingdom here on Earth it would require believers and followers to be obedient, study and learn, spread the gospel, and to help people help themselves. Jesus healed people and taught his disciples how to heal people. He showed us that we are all capable of following in his footsteps, and capable of healing not only others but ourselves. But it requires us to walk in and through demonstration, to believe fully, have faith (support in) in the unknown, unseen, unimaginable, and impossible. It requires us to work through our faith (support) to manifest the reality of our future.

We are oftentimes too self absorbed to realize that this isn’t about us but it is instead about our Heavenly Father. He has the heavy lift, we just have to get aligned with Him. Jesus has shown us how to live our lives and how to treat other people, and how we’re supposed to treat ourselves. Jesus has shown us how to deal with conflict and how to deal with circumstances that we don’t particularly like. Jesus showed us how to deal with friends and our foes. He showed us how, when, where, and why to pray to God. He treated all with the utmost respect and love, and served those who would follow or need him first. He knew that he couldn’t touch every life one at a time by himself. That is why he recruited and appointed disciples that he taught and trained. They then recruited, taught, and trained more believers. Know that you cannot do this alone and that you are never alone, even when you don’t see anyone around. See yourself for who and what you truly are, not what you think you are, or what others see you to be. Know to Whom you belong, and model the life your Creator envisioned for you.

Prayer

Father, my purpose is to serve and worship You and only You, Lord—no other gods. I’m not to worship the things that You created. I’m to use tools and love people, not the other way around. Show me how to be the best ambassador that I can be in Your Kingdom. Please provide me with the resources and the skills so that I might use them responsibly. If I already have what I need to get started, please help me with my discernment so that I can stop delaying. 

Just as Your Son, Jesus, said and knew that he could not do it alone, I know that I cannot do this alone. I know that You will always put the right people in my life to show me the way and to show me how to perform the duties You have charged me with. I thank You now for what You bring to me today and tomorrow. You have high expectations for me Lord and I want to live up to Your expectations. I will not let fear nor man keep me from reaching my goals. In Jesus name I pray to You as Your humble servant, now and forever. Amen.

Love,

Natasha

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