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Count Your Blessings

“My heart cries out, ‘What a mighty God! What a great and loving Father!’ Counting my blessings, I find that they so far outnumber my trials that it brings me real courage to press on, knowing that, as I do, grace will be given me to meet whatever may yet lie in my pathway.”
Enoch E. Byrum

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Christ: The Christians Pattern For Humble Service

“Have this attitude in yourselves which was also in Christ Jesus.” Philippians 2:5 (NASB)
Believers are to make Jesus their example. He left the place of inexpressible glory, and humbly took upon Himself the form of humanity in order to perform the most humble task — and He did it that we might be saved. He was the perfect example that Christians are to follow. His first and foremost desire was to do the will of the Father, to finish the work the Father had sent Him to do.
All that Jesus did was done for others. He never performed one miracle nor walked one step to His own benefit or comfort. He said, “The foxes have holes and the birds of the air have nests, but the Son of Man has nowhere to lay His head” (Matt. 8:20). He borrowed a boat, and used it as a pulpit from which to preach to the multitudes on the seashore. He borrowed a little boy’s lunch in order to feed the thousands who came to hear Him preach. He even borrowed a tomb in which to be buried.
Jesus came into this world to minister, to give, to serve, and to save. These were the characteristics of the Savior; and we have His instructions to those who follow Him: “Whoever wishes to be first among you shall be your slave; just as the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give His life a ransom for many” (Matt. 20:27-28).
Christians are not to be served — they are to serve. Jesus bought us with His blood and we are to put Him first in our service. We are to give our bodies and all that we have in faithful stewardship to Him, and do nothing that will hinder the Gospel or bring reproach upon the name of our Lord and Savior.

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