She bowed down with her face to the ground and said, “I am your servant and am ready to serve you and wash the feet of my lord’s servants.”
- 1 Samuel 25:41 NIV
I love the end of the year because it’s an opportunity to rest, reflect on what I have learned over the past year, and set goals for the upcoming one. As I was studying God’s Word and praying about what I should focus on in the new year, I came across this verse in 1 Samuel 25 that beautifully captured what it looks like to embody an attitude of enthusiasm for serving the Lord and His people with humility.
This verse is Abigail’s response to David’s messengers requesting her to return with them and become his wife. I know it sounds like an odd verse to have as my theme for 2018, but it motivates me to change my attitude to be willing to serve Christ and His bride, the Church.
Abigail is a character that is only mentioned a few times in Scripture, but I am so inspired by her quick responses to situations inspired by wisdom and faith. This verse captures her willingness to serve not just David and his servants, but also the Lord and His servants, and it inspires me to do the same.
My goal for this next year is to serve the Lord and His people diligently with an attitude of enthusiasm. I hope that Abigail’s statement to David will be my prayer to God: “Lord, I am Your servant and I am ready to serve You and wash the feet of Your servants.” My goal is to make each day a mission to love the people around me like Jesus would. This looks like serving in places that aren’t exactly “glorious.”
When Abigail said she was ready to wash the feet of David’s servants she wasn’t signing up for a job that everyone else was dying to have. She was volunteering herself to serve a group of people who were following David, an outlaw that Saul was pursuing out of hatred and jealousy. David was not yet the powerful king that he would soon become, but Abigail believed in the promise that God had made to give him the throne.
Abigail had a faith that gave her hope in God alone.
This year, I pray that I can have faith like that inspires me to take risks and serve in ways that bring more glory to Jesus than anyone else, including me. I encourage you to do the same!
Would you join me?
1. What are some specific ways that you can serve the Lord and His people this year?
2. How can you put your hope in God alone, regardless of your present circumstances?
Father, thank You for the new year and a chance to be reminded of my priorities and goals. As I enter into this new season, please lead me where I can show love to You and Your servants. Help me to be humble and find my joy in Your promises, not in my present circumstances. I love you! Amen.
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