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  • July 11, 2014 - Reflections

    By Jean S. Horner
    The other day while walking down a corridor in a public building, I saw what appeared to be someone walking toward me. On coming closer, I found it was my own reflection in a huge mirror. For a moment it frightened me. Somehow a full-length reflection of one’s self is a startling thing. ...


 

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May 11, 2010 - What’s Up With Lowly?

By Dave Kidd

“God blesses those who are gentle and lowly, for the whole earth will belong to them” (Matthew 5:5, NLT).

When we think of the terms “gentle” and “lowly,” we often imagine a kind, considerate and even quiet person — one who speaks in a calm and soothing manner, is not confrontational and seldom draws attention to himself. In another translation, the above verse contains the word “meek,” meaning gentle and humble. We all know people who exhibit this attitude. Most, if not all, of us are drawn to those people.

It is important to realize that people who are known for such character gain that reputation because they choose to be that way. Surely, they could assert themselves if they so desired. Therein lies the strength of the meek individual. Having the mere ability to say or do something doesn’t automatically give license to actually say or do it.

While studying this passage, my mind immediately went to the word “servant.” A servant is defined as “one who expresses submission, recognizance, or debt to another” (American Heritage Dictionary – 4th Edition).

True servants are meek. They yield for the good of another person and for the greater good of many. Christ himself taught this. “If anyone wants to be first, he must be the very last, and the servant of all” (Mark 9:35, NIV).

Marriage is an apt place to practice being a servant. The mutual submission to the needs of each other should motivate us to develop and maintain a servant’s heart, a heart that says, “You first; I’ll follow.” Servanthood also finds a valuable place in other relationships, on the job, and most certainly in the church.

But how do we know if we really are developing and maintaining a servant’s heart? I find this quote thought provoking: “If you want to know if you have a servant’s heart, watch how you act when someone treats you like one” (Bob Schmidgall).

Wow! Imagine relationships where all involved are true servants, exercising gentleness and humility toward one another. Imagine a workplace where no one cares to have the last word, be the one who is right, win at every turn or demands his or her own way. Determine to develop a servant’s heart in all your relationships. Happiness then lies ahead.

— Dave Kidd serves as associate pastor at Grace Fellowship — “the caring place” — in Canton, Ohio, and is the author of the Monday Marriage Minder devotionals.

 

 

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