Friday, November 20, 2009


Then she said to her husband, “I know that the one who often passes by here is a holy man of God, so let’s make a small room upstairs and put a bed, a table, a chair, and a lamp there for him. Whenever he comes, he can stay there.” 2 Kings 4:9-10

Awards. Name recognition. Being in the spotlight. Fame. People think these elements make someone great. But what about the so-called small, insignificant acts of service?

Here’s an example: Where do you live? Who provides you with a place to sleep? Who pays for your meals at home? Are they often recognized by others for what they do for you?

Read 2 Kings 4:9-10 again.
What did the Shunammite woman want to do for Elisha?
Why would this be important?
Do you think many people knew about what she had done?
Can ministry be important even if it is not seen by others?
Who do you know who does acts of service without being recognized?

The Shunammite woman knew that Elisha was a man of God. Whenever he passed by, she fed him. Wanting to do more, she and her husband prepared a guest room for Elisha. Most people did not know about her service to Elisha, but she continued to serve God in this unique way.

What has God called you to do? Is it something that everyone will see you do? Is it something that no one will see you do? God wants us to serve Him by serving others. It doesn’t matter if our service is attention-getting or not.

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