Tuesday, November 04, 2014

Today's devotional from Pastor Clay: The Servant Of The Small Things - Romans 16:1-2

November 4, 2014
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The Servant Of The Small Things - Romans 16:1-2

At the close of his letter to the church at Rome, the Apostle Paul introduces us to one of the people on his team - A beautiful lady named Phoebe:

I commend to you Phoebe our sister, who is a servant of the church in Cenchrea, that you may receive her in the Lord in a manner worthy of the saints, and assist her in whatever business she has need of you; for indeed she has been a helper of many and of myself also. Romans 16:1-2

These verses about Pheobe have caused many a debate over whether she held the office of deacon. Perhaps she did, or perhaps she was simply a servant of the Lord; the Greek word diakonos simply means "servant." But I'm not that interested in whether or not ladies can be 'deacons,' I already know they can. There are MANY female (and male) diakonos in our church! 

Pheobe was a servant of the small things. It didn't matter how large or small the task, she was willing to serve in whatever way that would benefit the kingdom. In this case, being a helper, an enabler of others, helping them to accomplish their task. 

If you think about it, the small things are just as important as the big things: Big things are nothing more than many small things added together. If the small things aren't completed, the big things may never come to pass.

Hellen Keller noted:  I long to accomplish a great and noble task; but my chief duty is to accomplish small tasks as if they were great and noble - Helen Keller

"Lord, help me to be willing to be faithful in whatever task you place before me today, whether large or small."

Pastor Clay


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