Saturday, May 2, 2015

Why We Serve

"In everything I did, I showed you that by this kind of hard work we must help the weak, remembering the words the Lord Jesus himself said:
It is more blessed to give than to receive.'"  
-- Acts 20:35

Why is service such an important part of being a Christ-follower?

First, we live in an upside-down world. And of course, it's always been that way to one extent or another. Murder, war, theft, lying and every other sin is hardly new. But something strange and unsettling has evolved over 
the last few decades. As mankind strives to become enlightened through more education and "tolerance" of once forbidden topics and behaviors, societal corruption has actually mushroomed. What was once considered evil is now held up as commendable. And what was once considered righteous, society now condemns as bigoted and narrow minded.  
Helping Hands

It's in these troubled times that we should recall Jesus' admonition to some of His earliest followers: "Make your light shine," he says, "so that others will see the good that you do and will praise your Father in heaven." 

We're living in uncertain days to say the least. But things aren't uncertain to the God we worship. So as Christ-followers, we're to share our faith in our Creator's ultimate control by being Jesus' hands and feet on earth. He calls us to help prepare his kingdom by making the most of the different gifts and talents he's given us. And it's as we serve our neighbors both near and far that we can live out our story about the One who changed everything for us when we needed it the most. 

"In the same way, the Son of Man did not come to be served," Jesus explains. "He came to serve others and to give his life as a ransom for many people."  

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