More Than What’s Required

Now when she had finished giving him a drink, she said, “I will draw also for your camels until they have finished drinking.”  — Genesis 24:19

When Abraham’s servant went looking for a bride for Isaac, he prayed, “Lord, let the woman You have chosen offer me water, and then offer to water my camels.”  Rebekah had no clue she was serving possibly the wealthiest family on the planet.  She definitely had no clue that around 4,000 years from that moment, anyone who undertook reading the Bible in a year, would read her story in January.

Think about it, because this woman had the mentality of, “I will do what is required of me, and then I will go above and beyond that requirement,” she was insanely blessed.  Many of the Bible scholars believe that to offer a stranger water was the custom, but what was not the custom was taking on the task of watering 10 camels that had just traveled for a few weeks.  A quick Google search says it would have taken around 300 gallons of water.

If we call ourselves followers of Jesus Christ, shouldn’t we take on this same mentality?  At my job, I should do what is required and then do extra.  In my marriage, I should exceed minimum expectations.  As Christians, we should be the quiet examples.  I have no clue who I have taught that could end up blessing me in the future.  But whether I receive that blessing or not on this Earth is irrelevant, I’m representing the God who owns it all!  

I imagine in this day and time, where almost nobody wants to work, and the overwhelming majority want maximum reward for minimum effort, a worker with this kind of mentality would shine like a star in the night sky.  

Let’s you and I try it today, not because we have to, but because we want to.  And if you don’t have the want to, ask God to give it to you. 

Lord, what a blessing You are!  You certainly are an “above and beyond” God!  Thank You for the cross, Lord!  For bearing my sin so I could be saved!  Help me to live like I’m ever so grateful.  Help me to be an “above and beyond” servant.  At the end of my life, I just want to have served You well.  I praise You and I love You, for You are life’s greatest treasure.  Amen.


About wednesdaymorningdevotional

I am just a nobody from Salem, South Carolina. I have been a math teacher now for 23 years. I have been publishing devotionals every Wednesday morning for about 10 years now. Thanks for stopping by.
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