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PASTORS PERSPECTIVE

Serve One Another Humbly in Love

“For you have been called to live in freedom, my brothers and sisters. But don’t use your freedom to satisfy your sinful nature. Instead, use your freedom to serve one another in love.” Galatians 5:13 NLT

Serving others is not a popular concept in today’s world. Who in their right mind would sign up for a life of servitude? And yet that is what God has in mind for you and me. God knows how service to others will bless us as well as the community around us.

Serving others is a great way to put aside our self-centeredness and make us notice how we are connected, even indebted, to others. When we start seeing the genuine needs of others, it changes our own sense of entitlement. None of us became the people we are alone, but by the sacrifice and investment of many others from our earliest years. And that doesn’t take into account what Christ has done for us.

Serving others not only reveals the bonds between us; it reflects the love of God. When we notice service to us, and when we serve others, we experience God’s grace. It points people to Christ. Jesus modeled grace that goes way beyond our understanding. He emptied himself for us, though we deserved nothing. His example calls us to “submit to one another out of reverence for Christ.” Ephesians 5:21 NLT

In our “me-first” culture, God calls us to put others first. What a challenge!

Are we looking out for others the way we look out for ourselves?
Can we put their needs ahead of our own?
How are you serving in our church?

This is my Prayer for all of us. Lord, teach us how to serve one another. Help us to put the needs of others first, as you did for us. Show us ways to use our gifts to bless others. In Jesus name, Amen.

In Jesus’s love, until He comes,
Pastor Joe M

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