Meditate On This!

Bert Reynolds

From an early age we have an instinct to put ourselves first. We assume that the world revolves around us. Even as we age, there is a lot in our world that reinforces that instinct to put our interests first. Jesus acknowledges that the way of the world is self-focus, self-promotion, and self-preservation, but he also informs us that it is not the way of the new world he is creating. The gospel continues to turn our focus outward and the world upside down.

And Jesus leads the way. He did not come to be served, but to serve and to give his life as a ransom for many. He did not come trying to protect his interests at all costs, but to give his life regardless of the cost. And the example he set he expects us to follow. The first will be last, and the last first. If we want to be great, we have to follow in his footsteps and become servants to all. So your One Day of Service challenge is this.
1) Commit to an act of service to a person with whom you are close (Family, friends, co-worker). This is something outside the norm, not something you already do. Do something special that makes them feel loved. Do something menial that no one likes to do but needs to be done. Don't draw attention to it. Do it in secret.
2) Commit to find an act of service to build up the church. You are needed. You are vital. That's what Paul says in 1 Cor. 12. God has made every member, every part important. Every one member is gifted to build up the body. God calls you to use your time and talents to benefit his church.
3) Commit to find a place of service beyond the church walls. Explore options within the community. Perhaps that will be the great work at Silver City Church--the mentoring program or your Life Group providing the Sunday night meal. Perhaps its some other individual or helping agency. The opportunities are endless to be the hands and feet of Jesus.

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