If you were given the choice, which would you prefer? To serve or be served? If we are honest, there are times when most of us enjoy being served. Times when we feel the need to relax and have someone else take care of some of our responsibilities or perhaps just pamper us a wee bit!
There is nothing wrong with each of us enjoying some down time to relax and be pampered. It is important however, to remember that as followers of Christ we have accepted the call to serve. If we find ourselves hesitant to get involved in serving or helping others, then we have somehow misunderstood the calling on our lives. Each and every one of us who has accepted Christ as our Lord and Savior is required to follow in our Master’s footsteps. Those footsteps involve service. Service to our brothers and sisters in Christ, service in our families, our jobs and service in a world that is desperate for God.
So why bother? Why bother giving up our free time to serve when we could be doing things we enjoy? Because we are to follow in the footsteps of Christ.
We are called to demonstrate the love He has for others by using our own hands and through the moving of the Holy Spirit. When we grasp what He did for us at Calvary, how He willingly laid down His life in order that we may be reconciled with our Heavenly Father we should count it joy to serve! Just as He willingly died for us out of love,as recipients of that love we should all be willing to serve others.
“This is how we know what love is: Jesus Christ laid down his life for us. And we ought to lay down our lives for our brothers and sisters. If anyone has material possessions and sees a brother or sister in need but has no pity on them, how can the love of God be in that person? Dear children,let us not love with words or speech but with actions and in truth,” 1 John 3:16-18.
~ Mary Lindow ©
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|Mary Lindow has a passion for encouraging others in all generations and careers or vocations to live and express excellence through personal integrity, healthy accountability, and wise management of talents and skills. She is a sought after keynote inspirational and humorous speaker and teacher throughout the United States internationally in Ministers conferences, International Spiritual leaders Conferences, and in National and International training seminars for various organizations.|