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The Call to Serve

Wednesday, June 20, 2012

The Call to Serve

Galatians 5:13

Jesus commanded that we serve one another, but obeying this mandate in humility is not natural for us. Sure, there are times we like to help others. But service that involves self-sacrifice--especially for someone we deem undeserving--much more difficult to do.

What does it mean to serve? Consider Christ's example. He gave up everything in heaven to live among us, subjecting Himself to dishonor and human frailty. And He loved even those who rejected Him. Think about how He humbled Himself and washedthe disciples' feet at Passover. This was a disgusting, lowly task that a slave might be assigned--far from anything a king should do. He even knew these men were about to abandon Him but served them anyway.

Ultimately, Christ gave His life for us. And He did so while we were still sinners (Rom. 5:8). Serving others was His lifestyle--part of who He was and what He did. As His followers, we should strive to be like Him.

Therefore, service involves first dying to our selfish attitudes and motives. Only then can we live to glorify Christ. Jesus said that the greatest commandments are to love God wholeheartedly and to love others (Matt. 22:37-39). Ironically, it is only when we humbly serve others that we experience God's fullness in our own lives.

Many try to achieve happiness by striving after their own desires. The result? Tired, unsatisfied people. True contentment happens only when we walk closely with Jesus. He shows where we can humble ourselves and take care of others. These actions, done through His strength, will be blessed.

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    Great blog post! emoticon My prayer is to have a servant's heart and willingness to go the extra mile for someone other than myself.. Thank you for the lovely reminder of Christ's example for us. :)

    3206 days ago
    Sparkpeople is truly an answer to a prayer -a way of honoring God with my body, and cleaning up the "temple of the Holy Spirit"; so that I can serve Him wherever He sends.
    When you attend a little country church, you are "called" to serve a lot and I was becoming less and less able to move much less sing. This is the second time in my life He has answered the same prayer of desperation. That is so reassuring to know He never gives up on me even when I commit the same sin of making food my focus and my comfort.
    And I do know getting fit again for me is not the end result; but so I can be better serve His kingdom - to honor and glorify Him.

    Thank you for this blog!

    3239 days ago
    Oh the blood of Jesus will NEVER lose it's power!!! Thank You God for Your Son Jesus! He saved me...

    God bless,

    3241 days ago
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