February 9, Saturday

Spiritual Food for Thought for the Weekend

“The Heart of a Servant”

Exodus 2:16–22 (ESV)

Now the priest of Midian had seven daughters, and they came and drew water and filled the troughs to water their father’s flock. [17] The shepherds came and drove them away, but Moses stood up and saved them, and watered their flock. [18] When they came home to their father Reuel, he said, “How is it that you have come home so soon today?” [19] They said, “An Egyptian delivered us out of the hand of the shepherds and even drew water for us and watered the flock.” [20] He said to his daughters, “Then where is he? Why have you left the man? Call him, that he may eat bread.” [21] And Moses was content to dwell with the man, and he gave Moses his daughter Zipporah. [22] She gave birth to a son, and he called his name Gershom, for he said, “I have been a sojourner in a foreign land.”

When I was in college, I would go home from time to time to visit my parents (and do some laundry).  Every time I would bring home a couple textbooks to study, but every time I would end up spending the whole weekend lounging around and relaxing—home was just too comfortable.

While our parents no longer take care of us the way they did when we were younger, after a long day, all of us desire to go home and be served—or at the very least be left alone.  But often our desire to unwind is frustrated by lazy roommates, an inconsiderate spouse, or troublesome children. In our flesh, we see home as a place not to serve, but to be served.

After Moses kills an Egyptian, he is thrust out of his place of privilege loses all the comforts of home – wealth, power, and prestige.  He is homeless, jobless, and alone. Moses finds himself in Midian, and there he serves the daughters of Reuel by standing up for them and watering their flock.  He goes on to serve as a shepherd, a very humble occupation by Ancient Near Eastern standards. As he names his son Gershom, Moses is very aware that he is a sojourner, someone not yet home but on a journey and in a foreign land.  This is not Moses’ home and this fact frees him to serve others.

When we mistakenly believe that this world is our home, a desire to be served at all times seeps into every area of our lives.  If this world is our home, then all of our energy and time must be spent on accumulating the most possessions, accolades, and comforts of this world as possible.  But according to the Scriptures, this world is not our home, and so we are free to set these things aside, and instead serve and care for those around us.

Prayer: Father, thank You that You have created me to live forever in Your Kingdom.  May I not settle for the things of this world but yearn for my true home with You.  In this life, give me grace to be like my Lord Jesus who came to serve, not to be served. Amen.

Bible Reading for Today: Genesis 45-46

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