Wednesday 12:00 Noon
When people think of service and servants, we usually think about those “bad” jobs that nobody wants to do, or about “those” people – the ones we tend not to think about.
To illustrate this, has anybody ever heard of Edward Kimball?
By anyone’s standard, Edward Kimball was just a NORMAL MAN. There is nothing really significant or special about him. He worked a normal job and attended a normal church, in a normal town. He even taught a normal Bible study class.
One day a young man named Dwight visited his class. It was clear that Dwight didn’t know Jesus. One Saturday Ed visited the shoe store where Dwight worked and he shared the gospel with that young man.
That day a Boston shoe clerk to surrendered his life to Jesus. The clerk, Dwight L. Moody, eventually became an evangelist.
In England in 1879, DL Moody awakened a spark in the heart of Fredrick B. Meyer, the pastor of a small church.
F.B. Meyer, while preaching to an American college campus, brought a student named J. Wilbur Chapman to Christ.
Chapman, while doing YMCA work, employed a former baseball player named Billy Sunday to do evangelistic work.
Billy Sunday held a revival in Charlotte, N.C.
A group of local men were so motivated by that revival they planned another campaign, bringing in Mordecai Hamm to preach.
During Hamm’s revival, a young man named Billy Graham heard the gospel and yielded his life to Christ.
You just never know, the person you help today might be the next leader of our country or might spark a revival or start world change! That is exactly what we as Kiwanians are called to do: Change the world by serving Children and our community!
Jesus Himself gives us the example we are to follow. He says in the Gospel of Mark (10:45): “For even the Son of man did not come to be served but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.”
Also in the Gospel of Luke (22:27b) He says: “I am among you as one who serves.”
Using Jesus as an example, we as Kiwanians, gather for the purpose of service. Using our talents and skills in the service of others, to change the world, just as Jesus did.
We need to serve our community in the ways that God has blessed us. Using the gifts and abilities God has given us to help others!
Even when it seems that no one notices or it all seems a great waste of time!
We often hear about the D.L. Moody’s, the Billy Sunday’s, and the Billy Grahams of the world, but how often do we hear of the Edward Kimballs?
But, Without the Edward Kimballs… Without YOU how much actually gets done?
It is the Edward Kimballs, those who faithfully serve, behind the scenes that are the true movers and shakers of the world!
Do as Jesus did – Serve others!