101 Devotionals for Boys from the Lives of Great Christians and 101 Devotionals for Girls from the Lives of Great Christians will both be published in 2017. We’re publishing one or two devotionals a week to give you a taste of what you’ll get in those two gift books. This one is based on a story from The Good News Must Go Out: Stories of God at Work in the Central African Republic (Hidden Heroes #2).
When Joseph Flacks, a wealthy Jewish businessman, came to Christ, he lost everything. He lost his riches, he lost his social standing, and even his wife left him.
In those days, in the early 1900s, there were no cars on the streets. Everyone traveled by horse and carriage, and in the cities there were many, many horses and carriages. Horse manure on the streets became a terrible problem. Some people predicted that within fifty years, the big cities would be absolutely overcome with horse manure.
You can tell that street cleaning was a very important job. But because it was so disgusting, it was one of the lowest jobs in all of society.
When Joseph Flacks went to Bible school, how did he support himself? You guessed it. Street cleaning, at 2:00 every morning.
“Christ poured out His love on me,” he said. “Could I not at least give my dignity for Him?”
“Jesus, knowing that the Father had given all things into his hands, and that he had come from God and was going back to God . . . began to wash the disciples’ feet. . . .” ~John 13:3-5
Thank You, Lord Jesus, for Your love. Help me to be willing to do the lowest jobs, the jobs that no one else wants, for Your glory.