Teach Our Children

Jesus is our example for serving with abandon. This week in our one-on-one time with God, we explore the good that comes to others when we serve them, and the good that comes back to us.

Monday – Joshua 24.14-15. In the last recorded address of Joshua, he affirmed an important reality: We have been given the power and responsibility to choose to serve God, or not. “It is within my power either to serve God or not to serve Him. Serving Him, I add to my own good and the good of the whole world. Not serving Him, I forfeit my own good and derive the world of that good, which was in my power to create” (Leo Tolstoy). Is God inviting you to a new level of service? How might God want you to be stretched by serving in His name?

Tuesday – Matthew 25.34-40. Can we love God without serving others? “One of the principal roles of religion (faith) is, to lose no occasion of serving God, and since He is invisible to our eyes, we are to serve Him in our neighbor, which he receives as if done to Himself in person, standing visibly before us” (John Wesley). Today, let your service to another be as though you are doing it to Jesus. Spend time before the start of your day thinking of how Christ Jesus has served you.

Wednesday – 1 Corinthians 13.1-7. “’If you can’t do great things,’ Mother Teresa used to say, ‘do little things with great love. If you can’t do them with great love, do them with a little love. If you can’t do them with a little love, do them anyway.’ Love grows when people serve” (John Ortberg). The goal of our service should be that love for God grows, both in the one served, and in the server.

Thursday – Ephesians 1.15-19. There may likely be seasons in our lives where we find ourselves restricted from serving as we’d like to serve. Maybe it will be due to a newborn child, advanced age, illness, or those seasons where we are so busy that our time is limited. Even then, we can serve by praying diligently and fervently for others as Paul did when he was imprisoned. “They also serve who only stand and wait. Some of God’s greatest workers are those shut out from active service, that they may learn to use the greatest weapon of all-prayer” (Streams in the Desert).

Friday – 2 Corinthians 9.10-15. “Do you often feel like parched ground, unable to produce anything worthwhile? I do. When I am in need of refreshment, it isn’t easy to think of the needs of others. But, I have found that if, instead of praying for my own comfort and satisfaction, I ask the Lord to enable me to give to others, an amazing thing often happens. I find my own needs wonderfully met. Refreshment comes in ways I would have never thought of, both for others, and incidentally, for myself” (Elizabeth Elliot, missionary, author).

Saturday – Ephesians 2.4-10. Are you wondering what you were created for? This much-cherished passage celebrates salvation through God’s mercy and grace, by faith. As a result, what is to become the focus of our living? To serve God by doing good for others, mirroring God’s character and love in the way we treat others is our purpose now that we’ve been redeemed. Among your family, in your neighborhood, at your workplace, or in a different culture, we can allow God to direct us to opportunities to serve in the manner of Jesus.