It is God himself who has made us what we are and given us new lives from Christ Jesus; and long ages ago he planned that we should spend these lives in helping others. – Ephesians 2:10 (LB)
I glorified you on earth by completing down to the last detail what you assigned me to do. – John 17:4 (Msg)
“You were put on earth to make a contribution.”
You were made to serve God. When you are serving others, in any way, you are serving God and fulfilling one of your many purposes. Serving others can mean so many different things. Being there for someone who needs you, is serving them. Listening. Helping them move. Bringing them dinner because they are sick or in despair. Teaching, lovingly. Offering your help wherever needed. You will be faced with many opportunities to serve others – to help others. Will you unselfishly serve them or will you have an excuse not to?
“The Bible reminds us, “God paid a great price for you. So use your body to honor God.” “We don’t serve God out of guilt or fear or even duty, but out of joy, and deep gratitude for what he’s done for us. We owe him our lives.” We were put here to be high quality people, to care for ourselves, our lives, our bodies. More importantly, high quality people means being a good Christian person. You may think putting “good” and “Christian” together is redundant or repetitive. I know many who call themselves Christian, but are not good, and I know many good people who are not Christian. Being a good Christian, to me, means loving God, loving yourself, and loving and serving others. Being a good Christian is doing whatever you can do every day to make God smile. Do those things he would have you do. Help someone unselfishly. Don’t do it because others will see you and what a good person you are. This is between you and God. You don’t serve this person or people to get praise from them or anyone else. Do not expect something in return, or even thanks. You help because it’s the right thing to do.
I was watching one of my all-time favorite shows yesterday, “Seventh Heaven.” My mom has the complete DVD series. One of the best programs ever televised. This show can show you how to be a good person. It can show you how everyone is this world can make mistakes and be forgiven and how to serve others. It can inspire you to make a difference in the world, if you don’t just watch it, but allow it to inspire you. In one of the episodes we watched yesterday (from Season 8, I believe), it was about a Muslim family who had just moved to town. They had moved because their previous neighborhood treated them as unwanted outcasts. Their daughter was hated at her school. The people hated them because of their religion. Did they reach out and actually get to know these Muslim people? God does not want us to treat anyone as an outcast. It does not matter to God what someone’s religion is, what country they come from, the color of their skin, their history, their education or intelligence, where or how they live, their clothes or their looks. God measures each person by their soul – their loving, generous soul. We are not to be lumped in with the rest. We are individuals and as individuals, we will be questioned by God one day on how we spent our lives on earth. Did we judge others unfairly? Did we get to know them or just hate them because everyone else did? Did we serve others unselfishly, meaning never expecting anything in return? Individuals should not be lumped in as the whole country, and one person, because they are Muslim, be lumped in with a group of terrorists that happen to be Muslim. We should each be judged (even though we are not supposed to judge) on our own individual character – who we are – what kind of people we are. When I speak of americans, I am one, but I do not say “we.” I say “the.” Just because a group of americans may feel a certain way or do a certain thing does not mean that I do.
We are to serve any and all people, whoever needs us, only for the purpose of being helpful. You are allowing God to use you when you do this. This is a gift we give someone else. It is not to expect help in return, or a thank you. It is simply giving of yourself – this is service. If you feel it’s right in your heart, to serve in this way, but you aren’t sure, consult your Bible.
Serving others is what ministry is. Many do not understand what ministry means. Some think it means being called to be a pastor or a priest. No, that is a professional minister. Everyone on this planet – we are all to be ministers. This means we are to serve others. “If you are a Christian, you are a minister, and when you’re serving, you’re ministering.”
“Anytime you use your God-given abilities to help others, you are fulfilling your calling.”
We don’t find the time in our schedule to serve others. We make the time. Because it’s the right thing to do.
“God wants to use you to make a difference in his world. He wants to work through you. What matters is not the duration of your life, but the donation of it. Not how long you lived, by how you lived.”
“He will use you, too, if you stop making excuses.”
Make it a magnificent Monday! Love you guys! *hug*