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Daily Devotional: Monday, January 8 - A Life Of Service

“For even the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.” — Mark 10:45

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David Robinson is nicknamed “The Admiral” because he went to college at the U.S. Naval Academy, where he also played basketball. In 1987, he was the first player from the Academy to be drafted into the NBA, but he delayed his basketball career two years while he served in the Navy as a civil engineer. His example is inspiring: Robinson waited on his dreams until after he honored his commitment to serve his country in a greater cause.

In the NBA, Robinson continued to stand tall in height and in accomplishments. He was a 10-time All Star, a three-time Olympian and and NBA champion twice with the San Antonio Spurs. He is 7-foot-1 but stands out also because of his tireless efforts through charity work. He supports efforts to improve education for underprivileged youth, enjoys helping needy people, and also preaches and teaches the Bible. His life of service is a model for everyone.

As Christians, we are called to set aside selfish concerns by serving God and others. Jesus challenged His disciples to develop a new mindset. The Lord wants us to stop worrying about what others do or don’t do and just serve Him. “Jesus called them together and said, ‘You know that those who are regarded as rulers of the Gentiles lord it over them, and their high officials exercise authority over them. Not so with you. Instead, whoever wants to become great among you must be your servant… For even the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many'” (Mark 10:42-43, 45).

As Paul lived and taught, he sought to train Christians to be unselfish and build up others by practical ministry. “Therefore, I urge you, brothers and sisters, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God — this is your true and proper worship. Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is — his good, pleasing and perfect will” (Romans 12:1-2).

This year, take steps to intentionally walk in love and service to others as you grow in your relationship with the Lord!

— Bill Kent, Pastor of Memorial Baptist Church, Sylvania, Georgia

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