Monday, September 23, 2019

"A Large Heart"

The Special of the Day… From the Orange Moon Cafe… 

"A Large Heart"      
    Miss Jane is a dear Christian lady who several years ago began attending our services at a local retirement community when a relative of hers lived there.  She took it upon herself to help people get to the services, which provides an incredible measure of help to Frances and me.  Staffing is frequently low at nursing facilities these days, which makes extra help invaluable.  Miss Jane goes above and beyond, as led by the Lord, to aid our ministry and to serve as a shining example of the Lord Jesus Christ to all who benefit from her devotion.  Her relative, by the way, no longer lives at the facility, but Miss Jane continues to come and minister to people there.

    "I commend unto you Phebe our sister, which is a servant of the church which is at Cenchrea, that ye receive her in the Lord, as becometh saints, and that ye assist her in whatsoever business she hath need of you: for she hath been a succourer of many, and of myself also" (Romans 16:1-2).

   I love believers who quietly serve the Lord Jesus and people, with no thought to notoriety or benefit to themselves for their labors.  There are so many of them, in so many places and venues of service.  We have been blessed through the years to meet many of these tireless servants in whom the Spirit of Christ walks in beautiful displays of love usually known only by those blessed to be in their small field of ministry.  To this point, "Miss Jane" is not the actual name of the Lord's daughter I mentioned above.  I have taken the liberty of using a pseudonym for our sister and friend because she would not want me to write what I am writing about her.  That is who she is, and how she lives and ministers.  She epitomizes the Psalmist's yearning: "Not unto us, o Lord, not unto us, but unto Thy name give glory, for Thy mercy and Thy truth's sake" (Psalm 115:1).

   The day will come when the Miss Janes of the body of Christ will be known as their labors for the glory of God are weighed and found worthy by our Father of His affirmation.  This is not that day.  Not yet.  And so Miss Jane will continue to serve, people will continue to be blessed, and the Lord Jesus will continue to be honored in a small venue by a large heart full of the Savior's servant devotion to God and others.  

"Before honor is humility."
(Proverbs 15:33)

Weekly Memory Verse

    "Not unto us, o Lord, not unto us, but unto Thy name give glory, for Thy mercy and Thy truth's sake." 
(Psalm 115:1)



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