“2013: The Year Of Resolutions.” The challenge is to end the year in a better place than we are today. Unlike most years with one big resolution, we have a 12 step program to help us get there. And here we are, approaching the last part of the year. But what is it that we have tried to do.
January – Pray More
February – Read More
March – Give More
April – Attend More
May – Get More Involved
June – Share Our Faith More
July – Call On Others More
August – Invite More
September – Fellowship More
October – More Acts Of Kindness
We are about to round the year out, and for the month of November, we should strive to serve more. In I Peter 4:10 we read, “As each has received a gift, use it to serve one another, as good stewards of God’s varied grace.” God desires that we serve each other.
Service, or the idea of serving others is not something that our society views as admirable qualities. After all, we should strive to be the kind of people that others serve, right? But are any of us greater that Jesus Himself? Just look at Matthew 20:28 as it talks about Jesus. It simply states, “Just as the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give His life as a ransom for many.”
Jesus came to this earth, and though He was fully God, He did not hold that over people. Instead, He humbled Himself, and became like a servant, serving those around Him. Just look at the example that He set when He washed the disciples feet. Nothing was beneath Him when it came to serving others. Jesus, the Son of God, the soon to be Savior of the world humbled Himself, and washed the nasty feet of His very own disciples. The people that were following Him, the people that should have been bowing down and washing His feet, yet He takes the role of servant, and He demonstrates for us the value in serving one another.
This month, can you find a way simply to serve? Come and help out with the community dinner. You can set things up, tear things down, clean up, or just be here to help out wherever the need arises. Or maybe you can get involved in serving God with you talents. I know we mentioned this a few months ago, but get involved and use what God has blessed you with as a way of serving others, and serving Him. Play an instrument, sings in the praise team, sing a special, run the sound room, say a prayer, give a devotion, volunteer with the youth, help out with the elderly that are among our congregation. Perhaps you have time on your hands, and you can start a new ministry, or you can devote time to getting out and helping others. Whatever the case, focus this month on serving more. Take on the character of Christ, and serve those around you in some way.
So…, for the month of November, allow yourself to become a true servant. Come help out at the community Thanksgiving dinner. Volunteer at a soup kitchen. Ring a bell for the Salvation Army. Or just find another way that you can serve one another. And in doing that, you are serving God in the process.
Here’s to “2013: The Year Of Resolutions!”