Brad Lane, who leads The Crossing Curch, summed up "service" in one sentence in his message to his church yesterday. He said, "Service. Doing for others what they could do for themselves."
While not everybody has the gift of service, we must never lose sight of the fact that as followers of Christ we are all called to serve.
When it comes to serving it is easy to feel that we just need a break from doing. Those with the gift of service will ask, "How can I assist? What can I do to make life easier for others by helping?"
Those performing a task or simply doing a job in their own strength may ask, "Why me? Why don't others help? " For these folk serving may lead to bearing a grudge. A good example of this is Martha. (See Luke 10:40)
Human nature frequently desires doing something that brings prominence. Do you remember the brothers who wanted Jesus to guarantee then seats of prominence with Jesus in glory? Notice Jesus response to their request by referring to serving. "whoever wants to become great among you must be your servant, and whoever wants to be first must be slave of all. For even the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve.” (Mark 10:43-45)
Of course the prime example of service is our Lord, Jesus Christ, who said, "I have set you an example that you should do as I have done for you. (John 13:15)
Let's go into the week looking for opportunities to serve.
Mike and Daphne