Recap: #6 Build and Protect Your Good Name
Focus was placed the last time on how critical building and protecting your good name is to attracting favour to your life. Without a good name, you will lose access to resources and opportunities making the path to your intended destination far more difficult. Underpinning any attempt to build and protect your good name must be the decision to ascribe greater importance to maintaining a good name than money, fame and other worldly pleasures.
# 5 Practice True Servant-hood
Ruth 2:2 And Ruth the Moabitess said unto Naomi, Let me now go to the field, and glean ears of corn after him in whose sight I shall find grace. And she said unto her, Go, my daughter.
It pays to practice true servant-hood. Ruth 2:1-2 records that when Ruth heard about Boaz from Naomi, she asked Naomi to allow her to go into the field of Boaz and glean ears of corn with the expectation that by doing so she would attract the favour of Boaz. Before even lifting a straw, the typical person would want to know how much they would be paid as a result of their effort. However, Ruth started to work without even asking how much she would be paid. She prized the favour of Boaz more than a few pennies because she understood that favour is more valuable than money. Another element of Ruth’s practice of true servant-hood that is worth noting was in the fact that the overseers of the reapers said of her to Boaz that she worked non-stop since the time she got there. As a true servant, Ruth was not only willing to allow money to be her primary driving force while at the same time giving maximum effort to what she was assigned. The additional favour that she attracted from Boaz as a result of this helped to propel her to become the wife of Boaz and a descendant of Jesus.
Everywhere in the scriptures where true servant-hood was practiced, it was accompanied with uncommon favour. After finding himself in the wilderness following the killing of the Egyptian, Moses’ situation changed instantly following one act of true servant-hood. He served the seven daughters of Jethro in Exodus 2:17 by protecting them from shepherds who contended with her and thereafter watering their flocks and that attracted to him the favour of Jethro. Concomitantly, he offered Moses a place to stay and gave him one of his daughters to be his wife. Rebekah also practiced true servant-hood in Genesis 24:17-19 when she gave water to Abraham’s servant and also offered to water the camels. As a result she was considered a worthy candidate to be the wife of Isaac and joint beneficiary with Isaac of Abraham’s enormous wealth.
You too can attract favour by practicing true servant-hood. Do so by giving your best effort to helping others solve their problem without making money your primary consideration. Such actions will attract the favour of God which is worth more than you could have been compensated.
Without allowing monetary reward to drive you, give your best effort to meeting the needs and solving the problems of those in your environment or those in need of your service.
Lord, give me the heart of servitude. May I see the importance of giving to others instead of receiving. In Jesus’ name, amen.