by Stephen Whitney

Servant's Respect
Stephen Whitney
I Timothy 3:8-13

A large group of European pastors came to one of D.L. Moody's Northfield Bible Conferences in Massachusetts in the late 1800s.
Following the European custom of the time, each guest put his shoes outside his room to be cleaned by the hall servants.

Walking the dormitory halls that night, Moody saw the shoes and determined not to embarrass his brothers. He mentioned the need to some ministerial students who were there, but met with only silence or pious excuses. Moody returned to the dorm, gathered up the shoes, and alone in his room, the world's only famous evangelist began to clean and polish the shoes.

The only way anyone knew what happened was when a friend unexpectedly came to Moody's room and found him in the midst of cleaning the shoes was the secret revealed. When the foreign visitors opened their doors the next morning, their shoes were all shined. They never knew who shinned them.

Moody told no one, but his friend told a few people and during the rests of the conference, different men volunteered to shine the shoes in secret. Perhaps this is why God used D.L. Moody as He did because he was a man with a servant's heart and that was the basis of his true greatness.

Serving others in the kingdom of God represents true greatness.
Matt. 20:27-28 Whoever would be first among you must be your servant, even the Son of Man can not to be served but to serve
and to give his life as a ransom for many.

Title Deacon
Deacon - Gk. servant or one who ministers to the needs of others
This title was used to designate those individuals who were chosen to meet the practical needs of fellow believers in the church. They were to be chosen because of their character and desire to serve.

Background Acts 6:1-6
The first deacons were chosen because as the church grew not all of the widows were being given the same daily amount of food. The apostles decided they would not give up teaching ...

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