September 19, 2012

Serve One Another

Written by Boyd Bailey

Thoughts from daily Bible reading for today- September 19, 2012

“You, my brothers and sisters, were called to be free. But do not use your freedom to indulge the flesh; rather, serve one another humbly in love.” Galatians 5:13

Soldiers in Christ’s army enlist to serve others. They serve at their Savior’s pleasure and they unselfishly serve fellow servants of the Lord. Servants of Jesus are first responders to the needs that afflict or attack the Body of Christ. There is no waiting to be drafted, because salvation in Jesus assumes service. Like America and apple pie is being a Christian and serving others. Serving others is an extension of love, a platform for humility and an expression of Jesus.

Love is the motivation of Christ-centered service. So, we volunteer at church, in the parking lot, in the nursery or leading a small group, because we love. We clean up the kitchen after a meal because we love. We manage the home finances, wash clothes, cook, do yard work, help a child with homework, visit a sick friend, give a gift and write a caring note because we love. Love cannot—not serve—our service says I love you!

“Each of you should use whatever gift you have received to serve others, as faithful stewards of God’s grace in its various forms.” 1 Peter 4:10

Service to others is a stewardship for God. He has blessed you with stuff for your use to serve others. He gave you a house to host guests and to take in those who need a place to stay. He gave you a car to provide transportation for those who need a ride to work, the grocery store, to school or just to get away. He gave you time to invest in others; their children, their spiritual lives, their financial needs, their health or their emotional wellness.

Your selfless service benefits yourself. You feel fulfilled having filled up another’s emotional cup with healthy feelings. Your faith grows when you take the time to build up another’s belief in God. You are more accountable when you teach others the commands of Christ. You are a candidate for service from others, as they seek to show gratitude to God and to you. You serve not to benefit or be served, but this is the outcome of caring. So, serve others for Christ’s sake and watch Him work. You serve Jesus by serving others!

“This, then, is how you ought to regard us: as servants of Christ and as those entrusted with the mysteries God has revealed. Now it is required that those who have been given a trust must prove faithful.” 1 Corinthians 4:1-2

Prayer: Heavenly Father, whom can I serve for You with my time, talents and treasure?

Related Readings: Deuteronomy 10:12; Jeremiah 35:15; Matthew 6:24; 1 Peter 4:11

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