“When you reap the harvest of your land, do not reap to the very edges of your field or gather the gleanings of your harvest. Do not go over your vineyard a second time or pick up the grapes that have fallen. Leave them for the poor and the foreigner. I am the Lord your God.” (Leviticus 19:9-10, NIV)

feeding cattle

There is a pecking order that emerges when ranchers feed cattle in the middle of winter. As they pull hay from a stack and spread it on the snow-covered fields, the strongest animals grab the first bites. The timid or weaker cows get pushed aside. Only if there’s enough hay, or if the rancher intervenes, do the weaker cows get their fill. It is the way things work in the animal kingdom – a realization that the natural order of things is not generous to the weak or the meek.

“Survival of the fittest” may be natural in the animal kingdom, but it doesn’t fit into God’s plan for us. God calls us to aid the weak wherever He decides to place us. He calls us not to be leaders but servants, not to be winners but witnesses, not to be takers but givers, not to be exploiters but caregivers. His message to the strong: “Take care of others.” His message to the weak: “God has not forgotten you.”

Christ calls each of us to His service. It is a call to sacrifice. It is a call to go against “the natural order of things.” In fact, perhaps the single biggest measure of a worker is how we treat those who are in need of our service.

“Religion that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless is this: to look after orphans and widows in their distress and to keep oneself from being polluted by the world.” (James 1:27, NIV)

“He has shown you, O mortal, what is good. And what does the Lord require of you? To act justly and to love mercy 
and to walk humbly with your God.” (Micah 6:8, NIV)

We are living under the grace of Jesus Christ and are citizens of the Kingdom of God. The principles of that Kingdom are universally applicable, wherever He places us here on earth. Allow Him to use you where He has placed you! Accept your role as His servant!

servant of god

Enjoy your day, “Working for Christ”!

This devotional was originally written by Randy Kilgore, Senior Writer and Workplace Chaplain for Desired Haven Ministries. Used by permission. All rights reserved.

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  1. FlorK Says:

    Thank you for this reminder of how we must live by His principles.


  2. Hey Dave, This is a wonderful Post and reminder of Kingdom mentality….. four cuppa and one smoothie. Take Care my Friend and stay strong in the Worldly Battle 🙂 Kenny T


  3. You are so right, it is a call to go against the “natural order of things!” Thanks for reminding us!


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