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Priority of Service

When Dr. W.A. Criswell, pastor of the largest Southern Baptist church in the world, was preaching in the North Shore Baptist Church in Chicago, he was entertained at the home of deacon James L. Kraft, who was superintendent of the Sunday school and founder of Kraft Foods. Kraft said that as a young man he had a desire to be the most famous manufacturer and salesman of cheese in the world. He planned on becoming rich and famous by making and selling cheese and began as a young fellow with a little buggy pulled by a pony named Paddy. After making his cheese, the youth he would load his wagon and he and Paddy would drive down the streets of Chicago to sell the cheese. As the months passed, the young Kraft began to despair because he was not making any money, in spite of his long hours and hard work.

One day he pulled his pony to a stop and began to talk to him. He said, “Paddy, there is something wrong. We are not doing it right. I am afraid we have things turned around an dour priorities are not where they ought to be. Maybe we ought to serve God and place him first in our lives.” Kraft then drove home and made a covenant that for the rest of his life he would first serve God and then would work as God directed.

Many years after this, Dr. Criswell heard James Kraft say, “I would rather be a layman in the North Shore Baptist Church than to head the greatest corporation in America. My first job is serving Jesus.”— Adapted from W.A. Criswell, Acts


Motivation for Ministry

        David Brainerd said this to Jonathan Edwards: “I do not go to heaven to be advanced but to give honor to God. It is no matter where I shall be stationed in heaven, whether I have a high or low seat there, but to live and please and glorify God… My heaven is to please God and glorify Him, and give all to Him, and to be wholly devoted to His glory.”


 “ GO.”

There are several commands that are associated with the monosyllable “go” which we may take to illustrate the commands of Christ.

. Power. “ Go in this thy might” ( Judges 6:14).

. Prayer. “In Thy name we go against this multitude” (11. Chronicles 14:11).

. Progress. “ Go forward” (Exodus 14:15; Psalm 84:7).

. Practice. “ Go and do thou likewise” (Luke 10:37).

. Proclamation. “ Go tell this people” (Isaiah 6:9; Acts 28:26).

. Perweverance. “ Go out into the highways,” c.(Luke 14:21-23; Matt.22:9).

. Presence. “ My presence shall go with thee” (Ex.33:14).

── F.E. MarshFive Hundred Bible Readings