Monday, 30 May 2016

Example of a Servant – He appreciated


“And being in Bethany at the house of Simon the leper, as He sat at the table, a woman came having an alabaster flask of very costly oil of spikenard. Then she broke the flask and poured it on His head. But there were some who were indignant among themselves, and said, “Why was this fragrant oil wasted? For it might have been sold for more than three hundred denarii and given to the poor.” And they criticized her sharply. But Jesus said, “Let her alone. Why do you trouble her? She has done a good work for Me.Mark 14:3-6

Jesus appreciated each gesture of love and faith that people had towards Him. Even though to human eyes the action of that woman seemed like a waste or an unnecessary attitude, Jesus seeing her intention to demonstrate love, gratitude, and consideration, received it willingly. For sure Jesus was moved by the appreciation she showed to Him, just like He very much appreciated her gesture of generosity.

In the work of God, at home or even in your work environment, you are around several people. Among them there are those who are caring, who are sensitive to your necessities, help you, and sometimes they sacrifice for you. Let’s think:

-       Are you able to appreciate what people do to you?

-        Are you grateful? Do you value the effort and love they show you through big and small details? Or do you think that it’s their obligation to serve?

-       Do you like to be appreciated when you do something to someone but you have a lot of difficulties in appreciating others?

-       Do you only appreciate when someone exceeds your expectations?

-       To those who are married: Do you appreciate your husband?

-       Moms, do you appreciate your children?

-       Children, do you appreciate your parents?

-       Pastors’ wives, do you appreciate the other wives that work with you?

-       Do you know how to appreciate the effort of the auxiliary pastor that helps your husband?

-       Do you appreciate your leader?

-       Do you appreciate everything God does to you?

To appreciate is to serve because you’re demonstrating to that person your satisfaction, your gratitude and your love. This appreciation provokes an attitude on our part that serves that person, making her feel wanted and loved.

Contrary to all that were in the house, Jesus knew how to appreciate. How about you? If you don’t normally do it, how about start right now? Appreciate someone, send a message, say “thank you”, show that you care, talk, and take an action that shows your appreciation.

Kisses to you all!

Tânia Rubim

Translation by: Márcia Sebastião


Lindiwe Mothwalo said...

Thank you Mrs Tania for sharing this important post with others. Appreciation is the key to connect and relate better in all the areas of our lives.

Mamazile Gumbi said...

I learnt a servant of God appreciates even the least that is done for them

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