Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Grace To Serve

We all struggle with selfish ambition, but we read in the Bible where the apostle Paul tells us, "Let nothing be done through selfish ambition or conceit, but in lowliness of mind let each esteem others better than himself. Let each of you look out not only for his own interests, but also for the interests of others." (Phil 2:3,4)

Our human nature is such that we desire to be served, rather than to serve. Even among the apostles-those unbelievable eleven men who remained faithful to the Lord, we see an attitude of selfish ambition, of constant arguing amongst themselves about who was special…who was the greatest! Jesus had said, " …but whoever desires to become great among you shall be your servant. And whoever of you desires to be first shall be the slave of all." (Mark 10:43,44)

Jesus is our great example to follow, and as we look to Him we begin to understand that we can show our love for Him and others, by serving one another. My encouragement to you is to follow that example and begin practicing this godly discipline of service today! You see, it is easy to find ways to is simply the love of Christ, put into action! Please pray and ask the Lord to show you areas where you can be His hands of service-to your family, your neighbors, your community, and your church. God has been good to us, He has shown us grace... and in light of that, we should always desire to show His grace as we serve others!