Built to Serve
Theme of the Week: Change Your Life Through Service
Wednesday, August 20, 2014
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Key Bible Verse: "You should remember the words of the Lord Jesus: 'It is more blessed to give than to receive.'" (Acts 20:35)
Dig Deeper: Acts 20:13-38
Recently I had a conversation with Harry, a young man who is mentoring school kids in the poorest and most crime-ridden part of his city. Talk about challenging!
Harry spends at least 10 hours a week working with his own mentorees. In addition, he is raising money and recruiting volunteers for an after-school program he dreams of establishing that will change both the destination and the destiny for the kids in this area.
This young professional does all this on top of his work responsibilities. As I listened to his story, I asked him, "Aren't you exhausted?"
He answered, "There's good tired and bad tired." Then, with a smile, he added, "My work with the kids is a good tired. This is what I am meant to do" (emphasis added).
You could no more talk this young man out of his engagement with this passion than you can halt the setting of the sun.
We are built to serve! The people I run into who are serving in their communities have a zest for life that spills out into every area of their lives. Conversely, people who [don't reach out] miss the rewards of serving their neighbors. If we do not exercise our serving muscles, our souls will be undernourished.
—Reggie McNeal in Get Off Your Donkey
My Response: What are some specific ways I could "exercise [my] serving muscles"?
Thought to Apply: The kingdom of God advances by people lovingly placing themselves under others, in service to others, at cost to themselves.—Gregory A. Boyd (preacher, theologian)
Adapted from Get Off Your Donkey by Reggie McNeal (Baker, 2013; bakerpublishinggroup.com) by permission. All rights reserved by the copyright holder and/or the publisher. May not be reproduced.
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Prayer for the Week
Lord Jesus, help me to see serving others not as a "Christian obligation" but as an exciting path to a truly fulfilling life.
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