To Serve Others
By Rev. Robert A. Crutchfield
Short of salvation itself perhaps the greatest gift God ever gave us was each other. The reason I say this is because God put us all here so we could serve each other. Not serve in the sense of being slaves to each other, but rather to reinforce and empower each other. We are all interconnected and for very good reasons. Look at what the Bible says about our connectedness “so that there won’t be divisions in the body and so the parts might have mutual concern for each other. If one part suffers, all the parts suffer with it; if one part gets the glory, all the parts celebrate with it. You are the body of Christ and parts of each other.” 1 Corinthians 12:25-27 (CEB) Notice what it says about how we are to suffer together, and celebrate together. We are not meant to be separate but part of one mutually supporting whole.
Not not any one of us can solve every problem for every person. This is why there is more than a few of us. So that each of us will have the help we need at hand when we need it. Of course we sometimes are blind to the help that is right at our fingertips ! God often makes provision for our needs through the people around us.
What is interesting is we are being called to selflessness, but in many ways service is as much about us as it is about those we serve. Service to others can bring about a great feeling of happiness, and satisfaction ! Albert Schweitzer certainly knew about service. He served others as both a physician and a minister. He had this to say on the topic of service, and happiness “ I don’t know what your destiny will be, but one thing I know: the only ones among you who will be really happy are those who will have sought and found how to serve.” I find it interesting that he makes a point of saying your destiny does not change the fact that true happiness comes only from serving others.
Serving others is our way of bringing God’s love into the daily lives of those around us. Now I’m not saying you have to be a medical missionary to Africa like Dr. Schweitzer. For many of us God looks only for us to serve our families, and those immediately around us. Some are called to greater things, some to smaller, but they are all equally important ! We are all uniquely suited to the service God has called us to. Look to what people God has placed in your lives. Look to the talents he has made you a master at. These are your clues to when, where, and how God has chosen you to serve.
Service is not a once or twice a lifetime thing. It should be an ongoing part of our lives as Christians and who we are. Ponder what Charles Wesley had to say about the importance of service and its role in our lives, “Do all the good you can, by all the means you can, in all the ways you can, in all the places you can, at all the times you can, to all the people you can, as long as ever you can. “ So promise God and yourself from this day forward to make service a part of all that you do.
Posted on October 26, 2014, in Christian Growth and tagged 1 Corinthians, Albert Schweitzer, Charles Wesley, Mutual Support, Rev. Robert A. Crutchfield, Service, Volunteering. Bookmark the permalink. 1 Comment.