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Devotionals 2004

Facilitating Your Spiritual Break Out - Part 7 Serving Others
January 26, 2004By Ed Wrather

01.26.04

But Jesus called them to Himself and said to them, You know that those who are considered rulers over the Gentiles lord it over them, and their great ones exercise authority over them. Yet it shall not be so among you; but whoever desires to become great among you shall be your servant. And whoever of you desires to be first shall be slave of all. For even the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give His life a ransom for many. - Mark 10:42-45 NKJV.

Ed Buchart retired from the marines after 20 years in 1978 and never dreamed of what God had in store for him next. “Santa” Buchart spends Christmas every year looking just like Santa Claus, but this Santa tells the children what Christmas is really about. He tells them how that God loved the world so much that he sent His Son. He tells them how special they are and how much God loves them.

Ed has spent much of his time after retirement repairing wheelchairs through his non-profit corporation, Friends of Disabled Adults, Inc. The ministry grew from a little place in his garage to a 64,500 square-foot warehouse, which is filled with refurbished wheelchairs, and medical equipment. To begin with, Ed and his wife rebuilt the wheelchairs themselves, but as people became aware of their ministry and demand increased they realized that they needed help. FODA now has a few employees many of whom are disabled. Ed Buchart through FODA has distributed more than $32 million dollars in refurbished wheelchairs. Buchart says that he never knew how much he was worth until he gave himself away.

Jesus, our Lord, Savior, and our Example to follow, gave Himself away as well. Jesus did not come to this earth to be served, but to serve. We are not saved so that we can be served, but so that we can serve as did our Lord. However, when we serve it should always point others to Jesus bringing glory to Him. And, when we serve, the ultimate purpose should be that others would come to know Jesus as their Savior.

How much are you worth? You are worth so much that God’s Son came down to this earth from the glories of Heaven suffering and dying so that you would have a Savior. Even though we are worth so very much, it is not always comprehended, not always understood by us. However, when we begin to give ourselves away that is when our true worth is revealed not only to ourselves, but to others as well. Give yourself away, and break out of life, as you have known it. Give yourself away, and you too can break out spiritually!


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