Does the speed with which we move toward a task we need to do show our attitudes about the task in front of us? Have you ever asked your child to do a task they really didn’t want to do? It is interesting to watch them leave the room and walk toward the task. They don’t walk with a nice brisk pace and a smile on their face, but they barely manage to drag themselves out of the room as the joy that may have been there is sucked right out with their overwhelming sense of gloom. Surely, we never have this attitude when the Lord asks us to do something. But how do we measure our attitudes? Let’s look at a couple of verses.
Genesis 24:17-20 And the servant ran to meet her, and said, Let me, I pray you, drink a little water of your pitcher. And she said, Drink, my lord: and she hurried, , and let down her pitcher on her hand, and gave him drink. And when she had done giving him drink, she said, I will draw water for your camels also, until they have done drinking. And she hurried and emptied her pitcher into the trough, and ran again to the well to draw water, and drew for all his camels.
Do we see the attitude in Rebecca’s actions? It is amazing. She hurried to let down her pitcher and give him a drink. It doesn’t say that the servant was desperate, but she wanted to meet his need, so she hurried. Then she volunteers to do a huge task of watering his camels! This task was going to take almost 2 hours and a lot of work, and she ran to do this also! She hadn’t even been asked to do this task which makes her willing attitude stand out even more.
Why would this attitude displayed by Rebecca be so important? Why might the servant, sent to find a wife for Isaac, be watching for the woman’s attitude? Think about the family she would be marrying into. It was the most welcoming, hospitable family. They were known for their hospitality – even famous for it. And now the servant sees the same heart in Rebecca. He knows the Lord has answered his prayer. Not only will Rebecca fit in, she will be as kind and welcoming at they are.
What is there that we can run to do for the Lord this week? How can we show this welcoming, hospitality to others? It is a good thing to be looking for ways to bless those the Lord sends into our lives.
For “whatsoever you do to the least of your brothers and sisters, you do unto Me,” says the Lord Jesus. Matthew 25:40