Well, the weekend is over and it’s time to resume the grind. Happy Monday beautiful people!
As we go about our week, I want to make a suggestion: On purpose, let’s try to go out of our way for one another.
Buy a stranger coffee, look the homeless man in the eyes and smile when you give him those few dollars, compliment your spouse, or help your neighbor carry their groceries up those three flights of stairs.
This week, let’s really take time out and pause our own lives to look for opportunities to help further others.
Why would we do that?
Because service is the beginning of the resolution to so many of our problems. In fact, we were created to serve. It’s only a result of the fall of man that we have become completely self absorbed.
Think about the beginning of creation. God gave Adam and Eve everything they needed and then some. He gave them dominion over all the creatures of the Earth and as a traveler, I can only imagine how breathtaking the Garden of Eden must’ve been! It was only when Adam and Eve entertained the notion of acquiring the same knowledge as God, that our problems began. And all these thousands of years later, we as a human race still struggle with the need to know and understand it all.
But look at Jesus’ life while He was here on Earth- it was filled with service to others.
- He washed the feet of His disciples, even as He knew of their coming betrayal. (John 13:1-17)
- He fed the multitudes much, though they gave Him little. (Matthew 14:13-21)
- He healed the sick and provided for the needy. (Matthew, chapter 8)
Jesus’ ultimate act of service was His sacrifice. He died a brutal death to provide us the opportunity to spend all of eternity with Him. Even now, as we continue to break His heart with our sinful nature, His grace, love, and mercy remain unending.
Maybe it’s time we heed the examples of Jesus’ life and become more willing to sacrifice our time, money, pride, comfort, possessions, and our overall wants. Imagine if the world actually operated in this mentality. How different a place it’d be.
Change doesn’t have to start with a group of people, it only takes one. That one is you and it’s me.
God has been weighing heavily on my heart the importance of serving others. I too, am totally guilty in being overly concerned with my comfort and needs. All of the sermons and devotionals I’ve been absorbing this past week have pressed heavily on the responsibility of serving others. I’ve really been praying and reaching out to God for Him to show me how and where I can get more involved in service to others. I work so much that it’s going to be hard to find the time to volunteer at a shelter or anywhere else. But maybe that’s the point… maybe my first act of service is having the willingness to sacrifice my time.
What are some acts of service you all have done lately?
Can’t wait to catch up with you guys on Wednesday!