“For, brethren, ye have been called unto liberty; only use not liberty for an occasion to the flesh, but by love serve one another.” Galatians 5:13
I remember in college the big question was always, “What is God’s will for my life?” We were constantly talking about it, praying about it, searching for it. When the Lord brought me to my husband and showed us the place He wanted us to serve, I admit, I thought that was it. I thought now I know God’s will for my life.
Yes, who I marry and where we live is a huge part of God’s will for my life. But that is not the end. That is not all God has for me.
Today I want to say that part of God’s will for my life and for your life is to be a servant. So if you are searching for God’s will for your life today start with what you already know. As Galatians 5:13 says, “…by love serve one another.” Not convinced?
“Even as the Son of Man came not to be ministered unto, but to minister, and to give His life a ransom for many.” Matthew 20:28
Christ, our Great Example, came not to be ministered unto but to minister. He served others.He was among the people and knew their needs. When He saw a need He did something about it.
So what can I do? How can I serve?
- Start with the local church. Ask your pastor what needs done around the church. Whether it be cleaning the church, teaching a class, folding tracts, etc. There is always a place to serve in the church.
- In your home. Bless the people around you with acts of service. I have talked a handful of times about serving our husbands. Or maybe you live with your parents or roommates. Like Christ, be among them and know their needs. Be asking, listening. Do what you can.
- Elders/sick. Who do you know that could use some help around the house? Maybe someone is no longer able to keep a garden but would love one. Go help. Maybe someone is unable to make themselves meals right now. Go make one. I am sure you all can think of someone under this category that you can serve.
- Your community. In the past my kids and I have enjoyed baking treats then delivering them to our local fire department, police station, nurse station, Mayor’s desk, etc. I know some places like that have policies on what they will receive so check into that first. But when we deliver them we attach a handful of Gospel tracts to them and they are always received with grateful hearts.
“The liberal soul shall be made fat: and he that watereth shall be watered also himself.” Proverbs 11:25
Now we can talk about the blessings of serving others. In Proverbs it says the liberal soul shall be made fat. Have any of you experienced that? When you are doing something for someone else and it makes you feel so happy? Whenever I am doing something for someone else with them in mind it makes me feel very happy. I get a blessing out of serving others.
The last part of that verse says, “…he that watereth shall be watered also himself.” I DO NOT believe in karma. Biblically, however, we are told that when we give to others God will give to us. This may not be financially or with any physical object- although it could be. It may be with joy, contentment, peace. What I know is that when we serve others God will make sure we have what we need. He will restore us, fill us back up so we can keep on serving.
What are some ways that you enjoy serving? What are some needs that others might not think of? How have others been a blessing to you through service? Share your thoughts below! Make a list today of who and how you can serve!
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