Cooperative Service to the Lord


When the Lord agreed to the requests of Abraham and not pass by, but rest and be comforted (refreshed) in Abraham’s tent, Abraham not only hastened (ran) to request Sarah to make the bread, fetched a good and tender calf and gave it to one of his servants who dressed (prepared) it, which Abraham took along with the butter and milk and set it before the Lord (Genesis 18:6-8).

Note that, even though Abraham personally served the Lord, in Abraham’s service to the Lord, he involves Sarah, his wife (family) and he involves one of his workers (servants).

Points to ponder:
From this account, not only can we learn from Abraham’s leadership qualities of entrusting (delegating) to his wife (family) and workers (friends), but it also teaches us to be inclusive in empowering others to serve the Lord alongside us. Some Christians have unfortunately succumbed to the notion that the work they do, in service to the Lord, somehow reflects on their own piety (even though the Bible clearly calls our righteousness as filthy rags), while other serve as long as they are in the limelight, seeking fame and temporary glory (on earth), without involving anyone else in their ministry. Let us be inclusive and involve others, starting with our family and friends, entrusting and empowering them to serve the Lord along with us. In addition to our personal service to the Lord, do we cooperatively serve the Lord?

Genesis 18:6-8 (KJV)
And Abraham hastened into the tent unto Sarah, and said, Make ready quickly three measures of fine meal, knead it, and make cakes upon the hearth.
And Abraham ran unto the herd, and fetcht a calf tender and good, and gave it unto a young man; and he hasted to dress it.
And he took butter, and milk, and the calf which he had dressed, and set it before them; and he stood by them under the tree, and they did eat.

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