Then the servant took ten of his master’s camels and departed, taking all sorts of choice gifts from his master; and he arose and went to Mesopotamia to the city of Nahor. And he made the camels kneel down outside the city by the well of water at the time of evening, the time when women go out to draw water. And he said, “O Lord, God of my master Abraham, please grant me success today and show steadfast love to my master Abraham. Behold, I am standing by the spring of water, and the daughters of the men of the city are coming out to draw water. Let the young woman to whom I shall say, ‘Please let down your jar that I may drink,’ and who shall say, ‘Drink, and I will water your camels’—let her be the one whom you have appointed for your servant Isaac. By this I shall know that you have shown steadfast love to my master.” Genesis 24:10-14 ESV
Have this mind among yourselves, which is yours in Christ Jesus, who, though he was in the form of God, did not count equality with God a thing to be grasped, but emptied himself, by taking the form of a servant, being born in the likeness of men. And being found in human form, he humbled himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross. Philippians 2:5-8 ESV
Brad was in the school choir. It was a very good choir, and gave concerts in different places. For their spring concert the choir was planning to sing an especially beautiful song, which had a solo part. Several people tried out for the solo, including Brad. But he didn’t get the solo. His friend Angelo got it instead. Brad was disappointed, but mostly he was glad to be in the school choir and able to participate in such beautiful music. It didn’t matter so much that he didn’t get the solo.
Abraham’s servant was named Eleazar, and before Abraham had any sons, Eleazar would have been the heir to Abraham’s wealth. Was he disappointed to see himself replaced by Abraham’s son as the heir? He might have been, but he still served his master faithfully. He took his mission to find a wife for Isaac very seriously. It was obvious how much he cared about his master and wanted to serve him well, even though he wasn’t the heir.
The reason Eleazar was so faithful and loyal is found in the Bible reading. During his years with Abraham, he had come to know the true God, and to know that he could go to God in prayer and look for God’s mercy and help. Knowing God in this way was so wonderful that he was happy to play his own part in God’s purposes, even if his part was a small one.
Jesus is God himself, but for our sakes he became a servant. As a human being he emptied himself of the power and glory of God, and came to live among us and die on the cross for our sins. Because of this, our Heavenly Father calls us his children. Knowing God in this wonderful way helps us to be faithful to serve God and others, even in small and humble ways. Jesus works in us to help us serve others, and gives us his love and forgiveness always.
Dear Jesus, Thank you for serving me by dying for me. Please work in me to serve others. Amen.