We have a problem in our society, today, with hatred towards each other. When we turn on the news, all we hear about is how one person has done something to another person or to a group of people. Hate is around for petty reasons, there is racism in the world, wars going on around us, but there are few people who are simply standing up to serve those around them. We believe that because our neighbors have wronged us in some way, we should not treat them with respect and thus, hatred is born.
As followers of Jesus, we should love/serve everyone around us regardless of their race, color, religion, sexual orientation, and/or gender. Jesus calls us to follow Him and part of that mean serving others. In Mark 10:45, the Bible says
For even the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve others and to give His life as a ransom for many. NLT
So why not be like Jesus and serve the people around us? Being a disciple means following Jesus and living our lives like Christ would live His life. If Jesus served those around Him, we should serve those around us too.
Keep in mind that sometimes God calls us to serve our greatest enemy. We can’t just be servants to those around us that we like. The Lord tells us to
Love your enemies! Do good to those who hate you. Bless those who curse you. Pray for those who hurt you. If someone slaps you on one cheek, offer the other cheek also. If someone demands your coat, offer your shirt also. Luke 6:27-28 NLT
What better way to show our enemies love but through serving them.
When you are trying to serve others it can be difficult to see how exactly to serve them.
- First and foremost, pray. Pray for the individual or group you are serving. This even means your enemies. Pray that God will, not only soften their hearts but yours as well. Serving your enemy or someone you dislike with a bitter heart is not the right way to serve.
- Notice something that can be done for the people around you. If you notice that they need a helping hand with something, help them out.
- Serving doesn’t just happen for strangers but for family as well. Help your parents with a home project they need done or serve your siblings with something they won’t expect. If you are married, serve your spouse. Serving the ones around you is a great way to start.
- Don’t expect something in return. Serving with a servant’s heart means not expecting anything.
I strongly believe that being a servant can be a great way to shine some good into a bad situation. Our world is so broken and hurting that we need a little bit of good in our lives. So take charge in your life and stand out by serving others around you. Sometimes it is the little moments in life that make all the difference.