It is my prayer that every Christian recognizes the importance of serving God through the way we serve others. There are few things, if any, that are as emotionally exhilarating, and draining, as the task of serving others. Having worked in a variety of ministry settings, including various roles within Christian camp ministry, I understand the excitement that often comes with the beginning of a new ministry or ministry season. I also understand the weariness than can develop when our focus begins to drift away from the ministry of serving and onto ourselves.
This is day three in the final week of devotions from the book, “Serving God: Devotions for Active Worship”. This devotional book is laid out in thirteen weeks of daily devotions with each week wrapped around an aspect of how we can serve others. Each of these devotions are designed to help a person spend time with God to see how serving others is an act of worship.
Go To Your Family
“As Jesus was getting into the boat, the man who had been demon-possessed begged to go with him. Jesus did not let him, but said, ‘Go home to your family and tell them how much the Lord has done for you, and how he has had mercy on you.’ So the man went away and began to tell in the Decapolis how much Jesus had done for him. And all the people were amazed.“
Mark 5:18-20 (NIV)
What does your family think about the faith you have in Christ? Do you have family members that are currently not living in relationship with Jesus? What is their attitude toward you? How do you think serving them in love would impact their attitude? When you talk to family members, are you more likely to try to tell them what they need to do “to get their act together” or tell them about God’s mercy in your life and what He has done for you? Which do you think will be more effective?
Sometimes family members can be the most difficult for us to go to when it comes to serving and sharing our faith — especially if they are indifferent or even antagonistic. Often they know us so well that they can see the inconsistencies between the good we know we ought to do and the things we actually do. Yet many times that wall can begin to crumble when we approach them with a goal of serving and through that serving, wait for an opportunity to share about God’s mercy to us.
As you pray, ask God to help you love each member of your family as He loves them. Pray that you would serve them well.