Day 10 – Serving Others

[My deepest apologies for not posting yesterday … I think we all have those days sometimes where life is booked from 5:30am to 10pm … and that was yesterday for me. But I hope you were all still praying yesterday!]

Sometimes in life I tend to be selfish. No, let’s face it. A lot of times in life, I tend to be selfish! I can easily tell other people to go out and serve others, and then when it’s my turn, I make excuses, I suddenly become busy, or I put it low on my priority list [after I do everything else that needs to get done].

But when it comes to examples of those serving others, there’s no greater example than Jesus Himself. He didn’t get irritated when the needs of the crowds interrupted His schedule. He allowed their needs to become His schedule. He saw the crowds and He had compassion on them because of their great need. Even when He was tired or grieving because of the death of His cousin, He still loved those around Him and reached out to help them.

A selfless heart. That’s what I desire most. And that’s what Jesus expects of His followers. Because when we do things for “the least of these,” we’re doing them for Jesus. He says Himself in Matthew 25:35-36:

“For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in, I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was sick and you looked after me, I was in prison and you came to visit me.”

The world needs us to show them the compassion of Jesus. Because if we don’t, who will? Every act we do in the name of Jesus brings His love to someone who desperately needs it.

So what can we do today, right now? Maybe it’s nothing huge or earth-shattering, per se. But if you clean the house without being asked, buy someone a coffee, give money to a cause or a person who needs it, give a hug or a smile away, send someone an encouraging text, give up part of your schedule to do something for or with someone else … these are all ways of thinking of ourselves less, and others more.

And if we make this a lifestyle – not just a once a time thing – then our lives fill with more joy, and we learn the true meaning of being a servant. Servants don’t need a pat on the back or an award or dozens of accolades. For like it says in Luke 17: 10, “So you also, when you have done everything you were told to do, should say, ‘We are unworthy servants; we have only done our duty.'”

Prayer Postures for Today:
– Pray for a humble heart … a heart that thinks less of things in this life as being deserved and more of them as being gifts.
– Pray for your eyes to be opened to two or three ways you can serve someone else today.
– Pray for the love of Jesus to fill you up for those you are serving.

Father, please make me a true servant today. Help me to become selfless and simply be filled with you. Open my eyes to opportunities that You will bring my way, and help me not to get irritated with interruptions. Help me to see them the way You do, and continually show Your love to all those around me.

And lastly, here’s my favorite song that helps me to stop thinking about myself and start thinking about serving others … “Outta My Mind” by Anthem Lights.

Have a happy weekend, friends!

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