God loves a joyful giver. We are called to be servants of the Lord- but what does this mean? Servants of the Lord are not only diligently seeking to serve Him, but also seeking to serve other’s in His name.
We are called to be the ‘hands and feet’ of the Lord, serving others just as Jesus did when He walked the earth. (Matthew 20:28) The intent of our heart is important to God. We should not be serving others to get recognition or repayment of any kind, but because we want to show other’s the love of Christ.
3 Let nothing be done through selfish ambition or conceit, but in lowliness of mind let each esteem others better than himself. 4 Let each of you look out not only for his own interests, but also for the interests of others. 5 Let this mind be in you which was also in Christ Jesus,
The Bible tells us in Ephesians 6:7 that we should serve people as if we were serving the Lord and not man.
Serving others does not necessarily have to cost you money- there are plenty of ways to serve others and spread the love of Christ in our daily lives. The easiest way of giving is as simple as showing kindness to others.
- Smile at a stranger.
- Hold the door for someone.
- Offer your seat up to your elders.
- Lend a helping hand when you see it is needed (without being asked)
- Praying for someone
- Donate items you no longer need to someone who is in need instead of selling them.
- Donate your time to listen or talk to someone who needs it.
The key to having a servants heart is actively seeking those in your community who needs encouragement, a helping hand, and to feel the love of Christ– without expecting anything in return!
58 Therefore, my beloved brethren, be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that your labor is not in vain in the Lord.
I challenge you today to pray before you begin your day to day activities. Asking God to put people in your path that you can be a blessing too and to show you who they are. Ask God to help you be the light to others.
Reflect on Scripture
12 So when He had washed their feet, taken His garments, and sat down again, He said to them, “Do you know what I have done to you? 13 You call Me Teacher and Lord, and you say well, for so I am. 14 If I then, your Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet, you also ought to wash one another’s feet. 15 For I have given you an example, that you should do as I have done to you. 16 Most assuredly, I say to you, a servant is not greater than his master; nor is he who is sent greater than he who sent him. 17 If you know these things, blessed are you if you do them.
The above scripture tells us that we are to look to Jesus as the example of how we should be serving others. He was a servant and we are no greater then Him.
Thank you Lord for sending Jesus to be the ultimate example of Your love and mercy. Lord, forgive me for having a selfish mindset and not always seeking to serve others. Lord, I pray that You would touch each person’s heart and help us to be better servants for You. Search my heart God and show me how I can be more obedient to Your call to serve. I pray that others would see Your love through me. I pray that I can be a light in Your name for those in the world facing dark seasons. I pray as we go forward with our day that You would guide our steps, send people to cross our paths so that we can be a blessing to them. Show me how I can help others and bring glory to Your kingdom. In Jesus might name I pray.