God calls us to serve. Our service has the greatest impact when our individual strengths and passions are strategically utilized to accomplish God’s mission in the world.
Dwell in the Word
John 13: 2-15
2 The evening meal was in progress, and the devil had already prompted Judas, the son of Simon Iscariot, to betray Jesus. 3 Jesus knew that the Father had put all things under his power, and that he had come from God and was returning to God;4 so he got up from the meal, took off his outer clothing, and wrapped a towel around his waist. 5 After that, he poured water into a basin and began to wash his disciples’ feet, drying them with the towel that was wrapped around him.
6 He came to Simon Peter, who said to him, “Lord, are you going to wash my feet?”
7 Jesus replied, “You do not realize now what I am doing, but later you will understand.”
8 “No,” said Peter, “you shall never wash my feet.”
Jesus answered, “Unless I wash you, you have no part with me.”
9 “Then, Lord,” Simon Peter replied, “not just my feet but my hands and my head as well!”
10 Jesus answered, “Those who have had a bath need only to wash their feet; their whole body is clean. And you are clean, though not every one of you.” 11 For he knew who was going to betray him, and that was why he said not every one was clean.
12 When he had finished washing their feet, he put on his clothes and returned to his place. “Do you understand what I have done for you?” he asked them. 13 “You call me ‘Teacher’ and ‘Lord,’ and rightly so, for that is what I am. 14 Now that I, your Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet, you also should wash one another’s feet. 15 I have set you an example that you should do as I have done for you.
Serve with humility.
Our attitude toward serving starts close to home. On the night of the Passover feast Jesus knew those closest to him would abandon him. Yet He demonstrated his love by washing the feet of each of his disciples, not only those devoted to him, but also the one he knew would betray him. This week pay specific attention to those whom you might be having a difficult relationship and serve them. Pray for them and remind yourself that we serve to honor God.
Serving is not always convenient, never predictable, and rarely comfortable. This is most evident in Paul’s ministry to share the Gospel, “I know what it is to be in need, and I know what it is to have plenty. I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want. I can do everything through him who gives me strength. Do a self-evaluation of your life-experiences and gifting. Let the Holy Spirit guide you toward God’s will for where your story can make a kingdom impact on others. Jesus had limited time with all those pressing in on Him, but he often withdrew to pray (Luke 5:15-16). Prayer guides us on God’s will for our lives, it is where discernment begins, and decisions are made.
Serve with Commitment
The greatest impact we can have is when we invest ourselves a little bit over a long period of time, rather than expecting to make a huge difference in a single moment. Showing up consistently to serve where God has lead you tells those you are serving they matter; that they are worth the time and energy because Jesus uniquely loves them. “I pray your love will overflow more and more and that you will keep on growing in knowledge and understanding. For I want you to understand what really matters, so that you may live pure and blameless lives until the day of Christ’s return.” Philippians 1: 9-10
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Dig Deeper Still
If you want to reflect further, think about these important questions:
- What draws you to serve?
- What causes you to resist serving?
- What are your questions about serving?
- Take the first step: Drop by Next Steps to talk with someone about serving with FCC.