"Behold, I stand here by the well of water; and the daughters of the men of the city come out to draw water:
14 And let it come to pass, that the damsel to whom I shall say, Let down thy pitcher, I pray thee, that I may drink; and she shall say, Drink, and I will give thy camels drink also: let the same be she that thou hast appointed for thy servant Isaac; and thereby shall I know that thou hast shewed kindness unto my master." Gen 24:13-14.
ead the passage again. What did the Holy Spirit minister to you? Do you remember who is saying that prayer? Do you know his purpose?
That was Abraham's Chief Servant and most Senior Protocol officer. His master said 'go and get a wife for my son Isaac from my kindred.'
The Holy Spirit taught me many things here. Let me break them down
Let me digress a little. Our criteria for choosing spouses today are far from biblical or scriptural.
Firstly, when you tell some Christian folks to marry Christians they question the rational. Must she/he be born again? The answer is - Yes. Abraham said go to my (christian) family.
Secondly our focus is on external beauty. How tall, what are the body statistics? What is the racial background. Black, White or Brown?
Thirdly, how smart, what is the academic attainment, intelligence, charisma etc.
How fat is the pocket? What is the salary or wages. 3, 4, 5,6 or 7 figures? Financial stability. Olorunsogo or Surulere (ready made or starting together )
Let us look at how Isaac chose? The summary of his prayer 'O lord show me a lady who can serve!' It is very easy to give a cup of water to human being that is thirsty to drink. After one or two cups he will drop the cup but imaging giving a Camel water!
It reminds me of an incident when I was doing my Masters in the early 80s.One our mentors got a research contract with Nigerian breweries in Apapa Lagos . We traveled from Ile-Ife to Apapa factory or industry. On arrival we were taken to their bar and were told -' feel free to drink.
It is free of charge.' Are you serious? We shall show you we are four thirsty young men today we boasted! As christians though beer and other alcoholics drinks were there we settled for Malt . I rushed the first bottle of this chilling drink with speed pouring it down my throat. Then I noticed my speed was drastically reduced during the second bottle. You will not believe it I could not finish three bottles of Malt at one sitting ! Since that day I learnt a lesson I said to myself "this world is worth nothing. " So how do you enjoy this world ? When you cannot drink free non alcoholic drinks! There is limit to what you can drink or eat!
No matter how abundant they are and your willingness to consume, there is a gauge!
Abraham's servant chose Rebecca for Isaac because she was willing not just to serve man, but even his animals!
Wonder why your marriage is not working as a man or woman? You are not willing to serve your spouse.
Wonder why you were retrenched in that office you are not serving or you are not serving to the capacity expected of you.
Wonder why you lost that political post , you never served the people, you were serving your belly at the expense of the masses.
Wonder why you are not growing in faith you are not willing to serve in the church.
You have been in church for past 10, 5,2 years and you have refused to join any department to serve, how can you grow. It is important to know worship is service, giving offering and tithes is service!
Wonder why you are running from church to church you have not found where to serve or you are unwilling to serve.
Wonder why things are not working for you generally, you have not understood the power of service. If you are not serving you are a liability.
Service opens doors. Service attracts favours.Service gives inner satisfaction. Service magnetizes. Service sustains status. Service has a high reward. Service pays now and in the future!
Examples of Service:
"For David, after he had served his own generation by the will of God, fell on sleep, and was laid unto his fathers, and saw decay"Acts13:36
Israel cannot forget David he was a servant leader. Are you a servant leader?
People of Joppa cannot forget Dorcas service because she was a community leader.
The generation of Egyptians and Pharaoh cannot forget Joseph he was a professional service leader.
The likes of Kwame Nkrumah, Mathaman Ghandi, Abraham Lincoln, Dr Martin Luther King Jnr
Winston Churchill served their generations.
Are you serving your generation?
Whom are you serving?
There is something in the corporate world called Long Service Award. It started with Rebecca - she was patient enough to give water to ten thirsty Carmels!
As a reward, Rebecca became the powerful wife of Isaac, the daughter in-law of wealthy Abraham - the friend of God, the patriarch of three world famous religions, the father of faith.
Discover your talent and use it to serve your generation.
The power of service will open doors for you this week.
Dr Amos Dada is the District Superintendent of Christ Apostolic Church Bethel Canada. Convener of International Gathering of Eagles Conference and President, Canadian Institute of Leadership and Development. Www.igoeministry.com; .www.canadaleadership.com and www.cacbethel.com. The International Gathering of Eagles Conference, Toronto, Canadais scheduled for September 14-15, 2017, do your best to attend. You can also register to travel with us in the Fall to Nepal, Pakistan, India, Sri Lanka, Sierra Leone, Côte d'Ivoire, Ghana and Nigeria. Register at www.igoeministry.com.