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 in keeping this one command: “Love your neighbor as yourself.”
- Galatians 5:13-14
Living your best life is living one in freedom. I find so much confidence in Christ and want that freedom to radiate out of me through my daily interactions. I’ve found that the best way to live out freedom in Christ is to serve God’s people. There is a divine interference that happens when someone sets themselves aside for a moment or two and carries out the kindness and love that God graces us with daily. I have had several unique serving opportunities that have undoubtedly brought me to a place of finding so much joy in helping and being in community with others.
Serving ignites a light inside of me that could have only been lit by Christ’s love. That’s the beauty of serving God’s people - there are infinite ways to fulfill that compassion toward one another. Showing kindness to the cashier at the grocery store, loving the kiddos in an orphanage, donating time or money on a mission, serving meals at your local rescue mission, being a companion to the elderly at a nursing home, becoming a child sponsor, writing a vulnerable blog post to reach out to those who may need to hear that exact hardship and know they’re not alone. Go where He leads, and your heart will be transformed.
Think about a time when someone served you. Maybe it was someone who simply listened to you vent through a tough time in your life, perhaps it was someone who took the time out of their day to participate in the pay-it-forward campaign in the drive thru line, or maybe it was someone who provided you with a place to stay in a time of need. Regardless of the action, it was probably done in love, which ultimately made you feel loved and cared for.
What amazes me is how God tailored each of us with a special skill set to serve others. We all serve others in different ways, and when we bring a combination of each of our gifts, it creates that overwhelming feeling of a compassionate community with those around us. It is a reminder that we are one in Christ. And that is why we should serve one another humbly. No one person is above the other, so grace your neighbor with the same outpouring of grace and mercy God grants you.
Each of you should use whatever gift you have received to serve others, as faithful stewards of God’s grace in its various forms. - 1 Peter 4:10
Maybe you are thinking, “I just don’t have time to volunteer.” “I barely have enough money to support myself, how can I support someone else?” “I am sure someone else will sign up to serve next week, they don’t need me.” Let me just tell you, where God guides He provides. Make the time. Serving doesn’t have to be monetarily driven. There’s always the need for someone to be served with love, always.
We were made for so much more than living a life just for ourselves. We were made for more than living on our paychecks and getting the newest gadget out on the market or always having the best of everything. What an unfulfilling way to spend your time here on earth, right? God doesn’t want perfection; He isn’t asking for people who haven’t had any hardship. He uses the broken to reach the hopeless among us.
Serving others is a direct way of serving God. Serving others opens up even more opportunities to see the miracles God performs.
1. What is one gift God tailored to you and how can you use that to serve someone else?
2. Write down a list of service opportunities in your community or abroad and make it a point to partake in some of them or maybe even all of them.
3. What are some ways serving others has transformed you? Share your experiences with others and create that ripple effect to bless those around you.
Heavenly Father, I pray that I serve Your people humbly with love. Create in me a genuine heart to be a light to others and spread the Good News of Your infinite love for each one of us. Lead me in my pursuit of helping others along this journey You have designed for me. Help me use my experiences and my hardships to serve those who feel alone in this world. Open my eyes to the opportunities that are waiting to be fulfilled. I love you, Lord, and thank You for igniting this light in me so I can shine for You. It is in Your name I pray, Amen.
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