In Matthew 8 there is a story about Jesus that struck me the other day. Jesus enters Peter's house and finds Peter's mother-in-law in bed with a fever. Jesus touches her hand and the fever leaves and she gets up and begins to serve Him. (See Matthew 8:14-17). The entire story is only 3 lines long but doesn't this paint a rather amazing picture of what our Christian walk should look like? Jesus touches us and we rise from our "sick beds" and begin to serve him.
The word service gets a bad rap in today's "me first" world. Yet even Jesus made it clear that his purpose in coming to earth was to serve others. Jesus modeled service for us. The Bible tells us that everywhere that Jesus went he served the people around him: he taught them, he fed them, he healed them, he cast out their demons, he encouraged them towards freedom. And then he carried out the greatest act of service of all – when he placed himself on the cross for my sins and yours.
Service is nothing more than love in work clothes.
The Bible from Genesis to Revelation is the greatest love story ever told. It’s the story of a God who created the world with us in mind. Who created a way out when sin entered the world causing us to be separated from him. Who has a plan to reunite us with him. Why? Because he loves us. He chose us. He longs for a relationship with us. Think about that. The God of the universe created the world with us in mind. The God of the universe sent his son to die for our sins. What greater service is there?
In a world that at times feels like it is commitment - phobic there has never been a better opportunity to let our service reflect our love for our families, our churches and our communities. The world we live in today is saturated with words...….everyone has an opinion and feels obligated to share it...….which is why the world needs us as Christians to become a people of less talk and more walk.
We don't need to shout our opinions louder than the next guy …. what the world needs is a demonstration of the love that God has for each person we encounter today...…..through our acts of service.
Matthew 20:25: Jesus called them together and said, “You know that the rulers of the Gentiles lord it over them, and their high officials exercise authority over them. 26 Not so with you. Instead, whoever wants to become great among you must be your servant, 27 and whoever wants to be first must be your slave— 28 just as the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.”
We are called to become great servants. To let the love that God has poured out on us pour out of us into the people around us through our service.
Who are you called to serve today?