We are most of the way through our series about what we believe it takes to be a follower of Jesus Christ. We believe that followers of Jesus, sometimes called disciples, have experienced some degree of God’s love and power in their lives, and work towards living out that love in the world. We believe that people need to commit to live out their faith through prayer, presence, gifts, service, witness, and learning. We will address one of these elements each newsletter, and this month we look at service.
Service often means people doing something for others that they are unable to do, and since the one doing service is able and the other is not this can bring with it a sense of superiority, a sense that the server is better than the served. This is not the way God is calling us to feel through service.
We are called to live out service from a sense of love. To share what we have with others because we have seen God’s love for us and we know that we don’t deserve it, but still we are loved. We serve because we are loved and we want to share that love with others.
I have seen the Kingdom of God on earth through service when everyone participating had a heart filled with love and brought what they have, whether it is much or little by the world’s standards, to share.
I want to live into that place more often, and I want it also for you. The following are some ways that might help.
Listen for God’s words of love. Spend time in prayer or devotion, and pay attention to the words of love and encouragement God has for you.
Know your strengths and weaknesses. Being self-aware helps us know where we can serve and where we can be served.
Be bold! When the little voice pops up that you could help with something, screw up your courage and offer.
Ask questions. It is easy to make assumptions about what people need and want. Instead, take the time and ask what is needed.
This list is just some of the ways that we can deepen our connection to God through service. Live life with your eyes open to see where God is and where God is calling you to act.
I pray God’s blessings on you as we all “Grow in love through relationship with God, each other, and our neighbors.”
Peace and joy to you in Christ!
Pastor Dan Benson