Lately there has been a common theme in my devotional & scripture reading. Serve. Ugh. I don’t want to serve. I don’t even like the sound of it. Serve is definitely a part of the word servant and I really don’t want to do that. But the more I think about it and the more I attempt to do it, I find there is real joy in serving others.
Mark 10:25 says (in RED letters no less)“For even the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.”
If Jesus was not above serving others, I guess I should attempt to do it too. So daily I start on the journey of serving. Do you have the opportunity to serve? Is there a food cupboard that you can donate food and time to? Is there an organization that you can meet with on a Saturday morning to pick up litter along the highway? Those are some serving opportunities, but the kind of serving that I’m called to do is even a bit more difficult than that & I bet you can do these too.
I serve daily. I wake in the morning, make the coffee for my husband, pick up the open bag of chips that the kids left behind in the TV room. Move on to pick up the single sock in the kitchen. What’s THAT doing there? Gather the snack dishes from the counter, put them in the dishwasher, let the chickens out, turn off the basement light that was on all night, walk down the stairs to turn off the TV too. Put the butter away, put the phone back on the charger, wipe off the table, sew a button, put the batteries back into the remote (Why are they out?) unpack yesterday’s lunch bag. You get the idea. Opportunities abound to serve! They are everywhere. We sometimes call them chores, sometimes annoyances. However, if we change our attitude and look at scripture, they can become noble feats of servitude. Wow. That makes picking those Lucky Charms off the bottom of your sock a lot more rewarding!
Look at your serving and recognize that it is pleasing to God when we serve others. Don’t become overwhelmed with your serving, become blessed. And, don’t forget to share with your kids what you’re learning about scripture, they may start serving you a bit too!