John 13:14-15 - Now that I, your Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet, you also should wash one another’s feet. I have set you an example that you should do as I have done for you. Keep Reading...
Most of our days are filled with timelines, goals, meetings, work, classes, and hobbies. It seems like our time is spread so thin. How could we add another project like serving to our day? Really… who wants to serve when it would be so much easier to hide away and play Candy Crush on your phone?
Practical acts of service are not meant to be treated as a series of necessary evils. They are opportunities to follow in the steps of Jesus. He does not call us to do something that he has not already done. Jesus not only performed the ultimate act of service on the cross, but he served people continually throughout his life. He spent most of his time with crowds of people giving himself away. Jesus served constantly through healing, delivering, comforting and teaching people.
The reason we are so good at self-centeredness is that we practice it. If this is true, we can also practice serving others. Don't be surprised if serving doesn't feel pleasant. Neither does weight-lifting when you are just starting. It takes a bit of time to get your serving muscles in shape. It will also take some determined focus.
How could you start getting fit? Opportunities to serve abound in your daily schedule. Ask God to point out a person to serve today. You could also ask God to point out a situation into which you could offer some practical service. Follow Jesus in this. Don't just find a random thing to do. As you sense his quiet prompting, take care of your act of service immediately. Do it without fanfare - just like Jesus. Don't call attention to yourself. Be grateful for the opportunity to join Jesus in serving.
It's time to begin your daily work-out in serving. Follow Jesus in getting fit!
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