While we continue to deal with the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic, I believe we have a great opportunity to represent Jesus well as we respond to God’s calling with a hearty, “Here Am I”! Over the next 7 days I will continue sharing the devotions from my “Here Am I” book to help each of us pray about our response to God as He calls us to Himself. Through time in prayer, this devotional journal was written to help you see and respond to God’s calling as you see Him working in your “everyday” life.
Here is day twenty-five with an important reminder that you, and those around you, have been called by God to be a saint.
Called To Serve
“Jesus called them together and said, “You know that those who are regarded as rulers of the Gentiles lord it over them, and their high officials exercise authority over them. Not so with you. Instead, whoever wants to become great among you must be your servant, and whoever wants to be first must be slave of all.“
Mark 10:42-44 (NIV)
What does it mean to serve someone? In what ways do others serve you? In what ways do you serve others? Which do you prefer? Why? How does attitude influence the quality of serving you, or someone else, might do? Are there times, or people, you are more willing to serve than others? Why? What makes the difference? What limits did God put on who you should serve? What about on how you should serve? Explain. Does knowing God has called you to serve change your attitude about serving? Why?
Most Christians can quote the words of Jesus when He says, “whoever wants to become great must become servant to all.” The problem, however, is that quoting it and living it are two very different things. How we treat others from any walk of life says a lot about how much we’ve allowed Jesus to have control of our life. Serving others isn’t just about doing things for them; it begins with our attitude about them. When we allow Jesus to transform our heart, we learn to willingly serve others because we genuinely care about them. In fact, God says that it is in our serving of others that we actually serve Him.
As you pray about being called to serve, ask God to help you grow in your desire to serve all people. Pray that you would learn to love people just as God loves them so you would want the very best for them. Pray that you would serve with a transformed heart that helps those you serve to see Jesus. Pray that you would look for opportunities to serve even those whose job it is to serve you. Pray that you would find pleasure in serving God through your service to others.