Well, we’ve come a long ways since we started the series on serving others from back in early August. We opened with a short preview of service and made some observations that would set the tone for the study. We made the comment that our focus would be on one main point and I think it is worth repeating at this time. So here it is.
Our endeavors in serving others is based on the best example of service that we have in God’s word. When we study the short ministry of Jesus while He was here on earth as God Incarnate, we see that everything He did in the way of service was with others in mind. We understand that He came to die for us but at the same time He showed us how we should have a heart of servant-hood towards others. The point is that before we look at ways to serve, we need to keep in mind that it is not about us. First and foremost it is about Him and the fact that He is to receive all the glory. Then it is all about others. And I repeat, it is not about us. The sooner we recognize that the better we can serve Him through serving others.
Once this was established we looked at a few tools God has given us to prepare us for our journey of service. The three main tools we have are prayer, bible study, and worship. Certainly, these tools equip us for many other things but service to others is near the top of the list. We then looked at the seven motivational gifts that He gives His children to actually perform the task. They included the gifts of prophecy, serving, teaching exhortation, giving, leadership, and mercy. We described these in some depth with the purpose of helping each of us to determine which gift(s) we have so that we can use them as He intended in the service to the church body. And even more than that, for His glory.
I believe we are now ready to start putting all of these things together so we can begin to do His will in the work of service to others. Over the next few weeks I hope to show how we can get to the point where the rubber meets the road and put what we have learned into action. It will be my attempt at describing some of the various ways we can do just that and my intent will be to make sure it is based on God’s Word. So next week we will start with the subject of “bearing one another’s burdens” which is a basic fundamental in serving others.
Until next week may God richly bless you and your family. Thanksgiving is just a few weeks away so remember:
“What if you woke up today with only those things you thanked God for yesterday?”