Our session this week was on service. One of the key things that Jesus did in his time. He gave us some wonderful examples of how we can serve others. We are able to remind ourselves of these by looking at the following sections in the bible. Take a few moments to read them and become familiar.
As it states on page 59 of the study, “Jesus not only served us but also saved us from spiritual death.” How lucky are we do have these gifts? Truly lucky!
Self Serve. That is the first topic of discussion and it reminds us that we are not able to serve two masters. Money and material items are only a couple of the idols that we might try to replace God with. Matthew 6:24 aids us in living the life that is intended.
“No one can serve two masters, for either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and money.
Serve the Lord. This brings us to not suggestions but actually commands. These verses are pretty straightforward and to the point. Just what we need a lot of the time!
“Now therefore fear the Lord and serve Him in sincerity and in faithfulness…. Choose this day whom you will serve. ” Joshua 24: 14-15
“Only fear the Lord and serve him faithfully with all your heart. For consider what great things He has done for you. ” Samuel 12:24
In reality God doesn’t depend on us for anything. But we can praise our Father by serving Him! That is a wonderful little thing about our lives that has been given to us!
Serve Others. Oh, to care for our friends, neighbors, and others is such a rewarding gift in itself don’t you think? I know at times this can be a difficult thing, but I have found when I serve others it is truly rewarding. Not just to the receiver but to me as well, it makes my heart glad that I was able to do something for them. Let’s find our gifts and share them this week, shall we? Use them to provide others with blessings. It could be a way for us to lead them to Christ or reassure them of His love.
“Rendering service with a good will as to the Lord and not to man.” Ephesians 6:7
Christ serves us. This is where I began our study today. I felt it was important to start instead of finish with this topic. We are to be reflections of God’s love and one of the ways is to follow Christ’s example. I pray that we all do this with each morning that we wake. Please pray with me.
Thank you for so many things but mostly for sending Your Son to die on the cross for our sins. You have provided us with the ultimate gift. May we take this gift and share it with others while we serve them. Your desire for salvation for all is beautiful and we pray for strength, courage, and opportunity to help in this quest. With each new day guide us, lead us, and may the Holy Spirit take us to those that need served.
In Jesus Name we pray.
Grace is a gift,