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Dear Bros in Christ,

Proverbs 27:17 As iron sharpens iron, So a man sharpens the countenance of his friend.

Brothers in Christ, this monthly devotional is sent and meant to be an encouragement to all and to build up and
edify in the Lord Jesus Christ. Oikodome means "Builder". The Lord has put this on my heart to send out a
monthly Iron Man Oikodome {oy-kod-om-ay'} to build up and encourage the men who love and follow Jesus
Christ in their walk with Him.

Romans 14:19 Therefore let us pursue the things which make for peace and the things by which one may
edify another.
Hebrews 3:13 "But encourage one another daily, as long as it is called Today, so that none of you may be
hardened by sin's deceitfulness."

MAY 2007


MATTHEW 20:26-28 Yet it shall not be so among you; but whoever desires to become great among you, let
him be your servant. 27 And whoever desires to be first among you, let him be your slave-- 28"just as the Son of
Man did not come to be served, but to serve…”

Who among us can say they are a servant of all? When you think of the love Jesus had for all people, no matter
how they appeared or what circle they were in or what class of people they come from. When we serve do we
have that love attitude that all people are the same or do we tend to look at some less desirable and therefore do
not really reach out and serve them in the same manner as Jesus Christ would have served them, do we have a
bias when it comes to who we are serving or even when we are serving. Christ never left a need unfulfilled, He
always knew the exact need and supplied all their need according to His riches and glory. Could we go the extra
mile if we wanted too…? Do we serve God when we are serving others as unto the Lord for His glory alone?
Do you serve when it is convenient for you or there is an opportunity to be spotlighted, in other words to be in
the spot light so everyone can see what a great servant you are, what are your motives? Do you serve when no
one is looking or no one will ever find out that you did something unto the glory of God, do you let the glory
rest right there with Jesus getting the glory and honor or are we hogging that or trying to show everyone how
righteous we are, that we are righteous dudes? Are you a behind the scenes blessing to the bros or the body of
Christ or only a center stage blessing?

Do we serve those that we do not immediately like or those that we may have had a rift with or not seen eye to
eye on some things with them and maybe they are a bro in the Lord even. Maybe they are serving in the
ministry right along side of us and we are not honoring God by serving them and being a servant to all. It is so
hard for us to serve everyone; I mean I believe most of us would pick and choose who we will serve or where
we will serve, but aren’t we called to serve? What do you think Jesus thought when He washed Judas feet, do
you think He wanted to skip over his feet, maybe Jesus thought this bro is going to turn against me, why should
I wash his feet. Can you imagine staring into the face of your enemy or a bro you bumped heads with and then
taking off your outer garments and standing there in your under wear and then kneeling down on your knees and
washing someone’s feet who is your enemy. Can you picture this? If we knew everything Jesus knew about us
or anybody else for that matter would we be able to serve them like Jesus served Judas? Jesus gives us a lot of
depth when we think of the meaning of: “love your enemies” and “you shall love your neighbor.”
Let us look at someone in high office in our time to get some perspective, not that they are like Jesus or equal
but someone who is in high authority in the land. Lets imagine you and eleven of your friends or bros in the
Lord get invited by “W” to come up for dinner and after dinner “W” takes off his clothes and standing there in
his under garments begins to kneel down to wash each of you and your friends feet. I believe you would be
taken aback by the humility of such a thing by this great man, this man who has the highest and most powerful
office in the entire world. Bros don’t get me wrong I don’t think “W” would ever do this, not to mention there is
no comparison between a mere great man who holds a high office in the land and God Almighty our Creator.
Yet this example of humility is what the King of kings did and the example He laid down for us to follow in
serving others.

Picture the humility in the Creator of every living thing doing this very thing, this selfless humble act. He is the
God of the universe He is awesome, powerful and the creator of the heavens, the earth, the sea and all that
dwells in them, He is our Mighty and Awesome God.
John 13:14-16"If I then, your Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet, you also ought to wash one another's
feet.”For I have given you an example, that you should do as I have done to you. "Most assuredly, I say to you,
a servant is not greater than his master; nor is he who is sent greater than he who sent him.

When they were all gathered this was not a meeting to build up the self esteem of the twelve but to let them see
the love Jesus had for them and to see complete humility for an example to follow. Christ did not pump them up
in their flesh status or level of ministry, but He showed them how to be great servants. He gird Himself up and
took on the lowest possible form of service to show us and teach us about humility and to the world really one
of the Greatest lessons we could ever learn, aside from taking our place on the cross. The Name that is above
every name and the One above all and in the form of a true servant who truly is the Greatest our Lord Jesus
Christ. How can we follow His example, here is how by being a servant to those among you, don’t look to get
served but rather go serve right now, at His feet even if you have to get on your knees bro.

Matthew 23:11 "But he who is greatest among you shall be your servant.

Daniel Wright
Iron Man Oikodome
Proverbs 27:17

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