Standing by the Stuff - Friday's Dose : 13th May 2011

Friday's Dose .......13th May 2011

Standing by the Stuff

"For who will hearken unto you in this matter? but as his part is that goes down to the battle, so shall his part be that tarries by the stuff: they shall part alike". -  (1 Samuel 30:24, KJV). 

Or as the New Living Translation puts it, "Do you think anyone will listen to you when you talk like this? We share and share alike—those who go to battle and those who guard the equipment [supplies]."  Have you ever noticed, when someone works real hard to build a group,
a class, or an organization from scratch, and when it is up and running successfully, how others want to take it over and run it-and sometimes end up killing it?

I've seen it happen in churches more than once … I've had it happen to a group I started. When I returned after a summer mission trip, it had been taken over … and soon died.

"An admirer once asked Leonard Bernstein, celebrated orchestra conductor, what was the hardest instrument to play. He replied without hesitation: 'Second fiddle. I can always get plenty of first violinists, but to find one who plays second violin with as much enthusiasm, now that's a problem. And yet if no one plays second, we have no harmony.'"

In King David's day those who went to battle wanted to keep all the rewards of that which was conquered for themselves, and didn't want to share the glory or the spoils with those who stayed behind the front lines and took care of the "stuff" (supplies and equipment).

In God's economy Christians will be rewarded, not on the basis of his/her rank or position; whether a church leader, Sunday School teacher, or janitor; the president of a company or the new kid working in the mail room—each will be rewarded on the basis of their being a faithful steward of the gifts and abilities he/she has been entrusted with. What God is looking for to do his work on earth are second, third, and fourth fiddlers who are not seeking to glorify
themselves but to serve others and God and bring glory to him.

Prayer: "Our Heavenly Father, whether I am a fifth or a first fiddler, I thank you for the gift/s and abilities you have entrusted to me, knowing that all have been given by you. Help me to be a
faithful steward and use me to help extend your Kingdom and bring glory to your name. Thank you for hearing and answering my prayer. Gratefully, In Jesus loving Name I Pray, Amen."

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Courtesy : Daily Dose Devotionals Team