It may not feel like it, but it’s the last month of the year; 2017 is almost here. While it may be a little early to start talking about New Year's resolutions I would like to challenge you to one—serve others. It may sound simple, but it’s so important for the church AND your individual spiritual life.
Paul tells us in Philippians 2 to “count others more significant than ourselves”. One of the reasons why I think we struggle with serving others is we do not count others more important than ourselves. We value our time and our wants. Serving others would require us to give up time and possibly something we want.
In Philippians 2 Paul looks to Christ for the ultimate example of how to serve. Christ humbled himself ; he (the King) emptied himself becoming a servant. As C.S. Lewis said, "True humility is not thinking less of yourself; it is thinking of yourself less." Christ humbled himself by becoming human and showing us, face to face, what God is really like--knowing he would experience hunger, thirst, and exhaustion, he came anyway. Humble Christian service glorifies God, not ourselves. Christ even humbled himself when he washed his disciples' feet. Sometimes serving others may not be something "enjoyable" but it's important to remember that it's not about us.
This new year I would like to encourage you to serve someone every week. Don’t wait for a special “work day” or “group service project”. Those things are great and when scheduled I would encourage you to be as involved as you can. However, you don’t need a special event or permission to serve others. Don’t be afraid to ask for help with accomplishing a service idea or dream. If everyone commits to serving someone every week imagine the good you can do for your congregation and city. Imagine how bright our light will shine for Christ. Let’s be the brightest light in our communities in 2017 (and every year after).
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