Throughout this past month, we have talked about many aspects of freedom and how it pertains to worship in our daily lives. The Freedoms to Dream and Love are beautiful freedoms to have. The Freedom to Dream allows us the opportunity to trust our Lord with a plan for our lives that may seem impossible to some, but completely possible through Him. The Freedom to Love teaches us the core fundamentals of what authentic worship looks like for Christ followers. Another facet of Freedom that we at Worship Exposed want to write about is the Freedom that brings people together, heals breaking hearts, and unites the body of Christ as true hands and feet that are willing to go far beyond what many who claim to know Jesus will do. “The Freedom To Serve.”
Serving Others is Serving God
One of my favorite passages in regards to servanthood is found in 1 Peter Chapter 4 Verses 9 - 11 where Peter writes,
“Offer hospitality to one another without grumbling. Each of you should use whatever gift you have received to serve others, as faithful stewards of God’s grace in its various forms. If anyone speaks, they should do so as one who speaks the very words of God. If anyone serves, they should do so with the strength God provides, so that in all things God may be praised through Jesus Christ. To him be the glory and the power for ever and ever. Amen.”
God is a gift giver, there is no doubt about it. The Bible speaks of many spiritual gifts given by God such as hospitality, faith, leadership, giving, mercy, etc. But, have you ever thought as to why He gives gifts? He doesn’t just give them to believers for no apparent reason, rather He gives them so that we can USE THEM to build His kingdom and glorify Him as Lord of all. Serving others isn’t a suggestion made by God. No, my friends, serving others is the very proof that the Holy Spirit of God is alive within you. I learned this first hand a couple of weeks ago when the church I attend went to serve families affected by the disastrous floods that recently struck here in West Virginia. Not only did we go to console people who had literally watched everything they owned suddenly wash away, we laced up our boots and packed our shovels and gloves to clean out contaminated houses. These people were so overwhelmed with loss, they couldn’t possibly do it alone.
It was a lot of work shoveling out the stinky, mud-filled homes with no air-conditioning or running water. I couldn’t imagine this type of thing happening to my home, and I’m sure those who were flooded never thought this amount of devastation could come to them, either. However, in this life there are always going to be unforeseen disasters; unfortunately, it’s unavoidable. So many times, I’ve heard people asking where God is in the midst of chaos and calamity. I now know that God came through the form of His church and thousands of volunteers who gave their time, money, and resources to come to the aid of flood victims all over southern West Virginia. The point I am trying to make through all of this is that even in the most hopeless of times, God has equipped us to be His hands and feet - picking up people's broken pieces and showing them that our God heals, and will never abandon them.
The Freedom we as believers have to serve is a freedom we should hold with the highest of honors. The verse directly before the segment of Scripture I mentioned earlier really encapsulates my mission for this post. 1 Peter Chapter 4, Verse 8 reads, “Above all, Love each other deeply, because Love covers a multitude of sins." (NIV) Another translation reads it like this,
“Most of all, love each other as if your life depended on it. Love makes up for practically anything!” (MSG)
There is an amazing feeling of accomplishment and humility that comes with knowing you have done something completely selfless, so that someone else could see the love of God through your actions. After all, the fact that we can have a relationship with God is because of the most perfect example of a love that was all about serving - Jesus’s love for mankind.
“You, my brothers and sisters were called to be free. But do not use your freedom to indulge the flesh; rather, serve one another humbly in love. For the entire law is fulfilled by keeping this one command: “Love Your Neighbor as yourself.”
My challenge to you is simply this: As you go through the rest of your week, find 3 people you can selflessly serve in some way. You will be surprised by the joy that it brings to you!
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