Tuesday, July 20, 2010

We Are the Body: To Be a Servant

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If you've been following along with We Are the Body (or even if you haven't), the topic for this week is service.  In Gina's post, she shares an experience and asks several questions (I'm paraphrasing):
  • What is service?
  • What does it mean to be called to be a servant?
  • What does service mean to you?
  • What does it look like (or what should it look like) in your daily life?
I think part of the idea here is to serve others in ways that bless them, not only in ways that are convenient for us.  We hear "Love your neighbor as yourself" (which occurs several times in the Bible) so often that I think we sometimes don't think about what it really means.  And "... Honor one another above yourselves" (Romans 12:10) ... well, that just flies in the face of everything that today's culture teaches us!

The culture in which we live is all about me.  It's a challenging trend to resist, because our flesh is more than happy to go along with it.  But I think it also presents an opportunity.  If we serve sacrificially, we will stand out in stark contrast to many of the people around us.  And really, is there a better way to draw people to Christ than by showing His love?

Can we do it?  I believe that God will provide what we need to do what He wants us to do.  So even when we feel as though we can't take one more step, fold one more towel, or wipe up one more glass of spilled milk ... if we ask Him for help, He will give us the grace to go on.  It doesn't mean that it'll be easy, but He will enable us.

What do you think?  What does serving mean to you?

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2 comments :

  1. The grace to go on that is so true and I just know that is what is keeping me going. I love to serve and help others and believe me it goes around and comes back when you need it!

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  2. Service really is hard because it does (as you say) go against our fleshly desires and the trend of our world.

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