Back to Reach | Devotion #3: Serving
Sue Harrington

Mark 10:45 tells us, “For even the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve, and give his life as a ransom for many.” Ransom means paid the debt.

This is quite the opposite of the world’s view of serving. The world thinks that climbing the corporate ladder, having staff that does what they want them to do, and meet their needs and desires, that they have reached high status.  They believe they have achieved greatness.  That is a “me” mentality. The Word of God, however, tells us when serving others, we serve God.  It is a fulfillment like no other.  When focusing on someone or something else, the attention is then taken from us.   

Serving is not a glamorous concept in this world, but Scripture tells us in Galatians 5:13, “For you were called to freedom, bothers. Only do not use your freedom as an opportunity for the flesh, but through love serve one another.”  Serving gives us the opportunity to reflect or imitate Jesus, our greatest example of selflessness. Others will be able to tell what you are by what they see you do. They will see the heart through the actions.

God is always looking at the heart seeing how willing we are to serve, not by how well, but why, and the why should be because of our love for Jesus and our gratitude for all He has done for us. We are called to serve with a grateful heart expecting nothing in return. God will open opportunities for you to serve if you just ask Him. He will also equip you for that very moment if you trust Him. So be obedient to God’s Word; try it and I know it will fill you with such joy and peace, and you will then become more like Him anticipating the next time you get your next mission. It could be as easy as opening a door for an elderly person or giving a hug to someone who is struggling. So go ahead, pray and then ask someone how or if you can help them. Open your heart to serving, and I think you will find it easier than you thought it would be. It not only reflects God’s love but points them to Jesus.

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