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Focusing on Jesus
Posted by Rev. Jeff Dixon, Senior Equipping Minister at Covenant Community Church on Jan 2, 2002, 13:35

As we move into the holidays my mind begins thinking about giving and serving others. We have so very much to be thankful for, I think that at times we need to remember our focus must remain on Jesus and how we might be world changers for him.
The great violinist, Niccolo Paganini willed his marvelous violin to city of Genoa on condition that it must never be played. The wood of such an instrument, while used and handled, wears only slightly, but set aside, it begins to decay. Paganini's lovely violin has today become worm-eaten and useless except as a relic. A Christian's unwillingness to serve may soon destroy his capacity for usefulness.

Our prayer should be that God would make us useable, then use us for His glory

John Kenneth Galbraith, in his autobiography, A Life in Our Times, illustrates the devotion of Emily Gloria Wilson, his family's housekeeper: It had been a wearying day, and I asked Emily to hold all telephone calls while I had a nap. Shortly thereafter the phone rang. Lyndon Johnson was calling from the White House. "Get me Ken Galbraith. This is Lyndon Johnson." "He is sleeping, Mr. President. He said not to disturb him." "Well, wake him up. I want to talk to him." "No, Mr. President. I work for him, not you. When I called the President back, he could scarcely control his pleasure. "Tell that woman I want her here in the White House."

If we could remember that it is Jesus we work for, it is Jesus we live for, and it Jesus that we need to please. I think we would view life and the world in a different way. Let the desire of your heart through the holidays be on the way you can give and serve to make the world a better place. Touch and change the world with the love of Jesus!

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