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Your Good Deed Will Lead You There

This is our B moment. Our moment to be still…to be fed by the Word of God…to be grateful.

Scripture reference: Philippians 2:13 (ESV)

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Today I am thinking about when you’re unsure of where your good deed will lead.

When I turn to the Scriptures, I’m reminded of the good deed Esther’s cousin Mordecai did on behalf of the king. One day, Mordecai overheard two eunuchs plotting the assassination of the king. He told Queen Esther of their plot, and she passed the information along to the king.

The king did an extensive investigation and found that what Mordecai had said was true; there really was a plot on his life. Esther told the king that Mordecai was the one responsible for uncovering the assassination plot, yet Mordecai’s good deed was not acknowledged at the time.

Oddly enough, shortly thereafter there was a plot to have Mordecai killed. Yet as God would have it, the night before Mordecai was to be executed, the king realized that he had still not done anything for Mordecai, who had saved his life. So, Mordecai’s good deed was not only rewarded, but it was rewarded at the most appropriate time.

Sometimes, we do a good deed and don’t see a return, but we need to remember that God always sees what we do and that our good deeds bring us even closer to Him. As you think about how God is working through you and in your life, hold onto these words: “…for it is God who works in you, both to will and to work for his good pleasure.” Philippians 2:13 (ESV)

Please share this reflection as others desire to be inspired.

So today, remember where your good deed leads.

B Moments, heroes

God Urges You to Honor Unsung Heroes

This is our B moment. Our moment to be still…to be fed by the Word of God…to be grateful.

Scripture reference: Mark 10:45 (ESV)

Today, I am honoring the unsung hero.

While we’re all familiar with the extraordinary people in the Bible, including Moses, Noah, Mary, and the disciples, there were other influential people who were not mentioned as frequently, but who stood in the shadows to help carry forward God’s message.

One person who was particularly significant was Tychicus. As we know, Paul authored more than half of the New Testament. What we sometimes fail to acknowledge though, is that Tychicus helped Paul spread the gospel once it was written.

Tychicus’ role was to go to certain towns ahead of Paul to set the stage. In other words, he would speak directly to the hearts of the people before Paul came to address them.

In modern terms, we would most likely refer to Tychicus as Paul’s opening act. He prepared the crowd so that by the time Paul reached the stage, so to speak, they were ready to receive his message and embrace his teachings.

I must confess that this is an area I had to grow into. There was a time in my life when, if I did something great, I wanted to be out in front. I didn’t mind serving, but I didn’t want to serve in the shadows.

Yet, what I have learned is that the more my actions are motivated by my spirit rather than by my ego, the less the public recognition matters to me. Also, it puts me in a place where I can acknowledge another person who is working in the shadows.

The next time you are serving in the shadows, be inspired by these words: “For even the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.” Mark 10:45 (ESV)

Please share this reflection as others desire to be inspired.

So today, honor your unsung heroes.

 

B Moments, acknowledge

God Wants to Acknowledge Your Spiritual Growth

This is our B moment. Our moment to be still…to be fed by the Word of God…to be grateful.

Scripture reference: Colossians 1:10 (NIV)

Today, I realized that although Lent is a time to spiritually renew, it is also an opportunity to reflect on our own spiritual growth.

A short time ago, I was at a dinner party to celebrate a friend’s anniversary. During the dinner, my girlfriend didn’t partake in certain foods because she had given them up for Lent. Watching her do that made me reflect on the spiritual journey I’ve been on when it comes to fasting and the Lenten season.

I can still recall the occasions when I was supposed to be fasting, but did not show the strength my girlfriend did at the dinner party. Back then, I would give in to the moment, reasoning that it was a special occasion and God would understand.

I also remember the times when I would fast with a group of ladies to further my intimacy with the group, rather than to deepen my relationship with God.

However, I also acknowledge the way I have continued on my journey. I’ve learned to give up those things that create a distance between myself and God; for instance, rather than just giving up sweets and coffee, I give up worry, anxiety, impatience, and the need to be right.

Finally, I acknowledge myself for understanding that progress does not mean perfection.

Let us be reminded of these words when acknowledging our spiritual growth: “So that you may live a life worthy of the Lord and please Him in every way: bearing fruit in every good work, growing in the knowledge of God.” Colossians 1:10 (NIV)

So today, let this Lenten season highlight your own spiritual growth.