I’m writing this while sitting in the car on the way to visit my older son who is in college. Looking at the blue sky and the fall colors, I can see the beauty of what God has given us, and it fills me with peace. It is a choice to appreciate this beauty just like it is a choice to decide who and how you will serve.
This is the subject of today’s devotion (Who Will You Serve). I liked what the author had to say about serving. It’s not just about raising money (the subject of my church’s capital campaign). It’s about serving the people God has called us to serve. This is something that is not necessary to be saved, but it’s something that should pour out of us after we have been saved.
There are many examples of this in Scripture, but I will quote just a few. Hebrews 13:16 says, “And do not forget to do good and to share with others, for with such sacrifices God is pleased.”
Another one comes from 1 Peter 4:10. “Each of you should use whatever gift you have received to serve others, as faithful stewards of God’s grace in its various forms.”
Finally, Ephesians 2:10 says, “For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.” This verse comes after the verses about grace that are at the top of this blog so it is an example of what God has called us to do after we have been saved by Jesus. I’ll say that one again. Serving others comes after we have been saved by Jesus. It is not the reason we are saved.
I liked how the author of today’s devotion talked about the other benefits of serving (not just the raising of money). “We will strengthen our relationship with God and help someone in the process.” Serving others brings us closer to God and away from focusing on ourselves which is what God wants from us.
This is a good thing for those of us who claim Christ as Savior. But, we still have to make the choice each day. The choice of who we will serve. The choice of how we will serve. The choice to notice the sad person in the background. The choice to notice our hurting world as well as the beauty in our world.
I appreciate this quote by Teresa of Avila because I believe it reflects how Christ would like us to choose.
“Christ has no body now but yours. No hands, no feet on earth but yours. Yours are the eyes through which he looks compassion on this world. Yours are the feet with which he walks to do good. Yours are the hands through which he blesses all the world. Yours are the hands, yours are the feet, yours are the eyes, you are his body. Christ has no body on earth now but yours.”
My prayer for all of today is that we would make the choice Jesus wants us to make–not only for who we will serve, but for how we will serve.
God’s blessings on all of you today!