Monday, October 22, 2012

30 Days of Authenticity-Day 14: Serve!

“Everybody can be great...because anybody can serve.
You don't have to have a college degree to serve.
You don't have to make your subject and verb agree to serve.
You don't have to know the second theory of thermo dynamics in physics to serve.
You only need a heart full of grace. A soul generated by love.”
~Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
Let's be honest, it's an "all about me" world.  You see it on bumper stickers, baby bibs, dolls, etc.  That mantra is everywhere. Sometimes we're too busy or too absorbed in our own corner of the world to reach out. Maybe that's why it's so hard to serve others.  Maybe it's hard because we're not sure how to serve. After all, how can you serve if you're not sure what that actually means or what will be required of you?   Maybe it's hard because we don't know who we are in the body of Christ.  It can be hard to decipher those spiritual gifts and see how they work in today's setting.  Teaching, faith, evangelism, hospitality, administration, etc....that list seems to go on forever!  What do those gifts even mean?  Wow, maybe it's hard because we sometimes don't want to serve others.  Serving requires sacrifice.  Serving often requires us loving those who aren't easy to love, for whatever reason.  There are lots of possibilities. 
There's no reason for anything lengthy today.  It's all pretty simple.  We cannot authentically live for Him if we are not serving.  Trust me, we are no greater than our Master. 

"And whoever wants to be first must be slave of all. For even the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.” ~Mark 10:44-45
Christ himself wasn't here to be served.  How can we be so arrogant as to presume that service isn't an important part of our Christian walk?  How can we think we deserve a break from service?  We are here to serve!  What's holding you back today?  There are churches, ministries, and charities everywhere that are waiting patiently for you.  They are waiting to give you the chance to make a difference in the lives of others.  Acts 20:35 reminds us that Jesus himself said "It is more blessed to give than to receive." It is such a privilege to serve!  Is there any greater blessing? 
If you're just not sure what you're called to do, do some research.  I'm sure your pastor would gladly point you to a spiritual gifts study that would help you find your spot.  There's nothing worse than filling a role you aren't called to fill, simply because there's a vacancy. If you're not passionate about it, keep looking. It's probably not what God has for you! What are your passions?  Where do your talents lie?  Use those to get you moving in the right direction of service.  God wouldn't have wired you with those talents and passions if you weren't supposed to use them to glorify Him through serving others.  First Corinthians 12 says it all so wonderfully!  We each have a part to play in the Body of Christ.  Make sure you know your role in service. 
Make a difference.  Give yourself away and serve.  Don't let anything keep you from serving. 
“At the end of life we will not be judged by how many diplomas we have received,
how much money we have made, how many great things we have done.
We will be judged by "I was hungry, and you gave me something to eat,
I was naked and you clothed me. I was homeless, and you took me in.”
~Mother Teresa


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