This Sunday as we continue our series on Deeper Engagement, I want to invite us to think about serving others.
When you hear the phrase, “serving others”, what do you think of?
Do you think about helping at church on a Sunday?
Do you think about helping your neighbor?
Do you think about supporting an organization?
Do you think about being served?
Jesus calls us to be servants. How does that word sound to you? Does that sound to degrading to you. Is that taking service to far to be called a servant?
Here are the passages I invite you to sit with this week…
Mark 10:41-45 New International Version
41 When the ten heard about this, they became indignant with James and John. 42 Jesus called them together and said, “You know that those who are regarded as rulers of the Gentiles lord it over them, and their high officials exercise authority over them. 43 Not so with you. Instead, whoever wants to become great among you must be your servant, 44 and whoever wants to be first must be slave of all. 45 For even the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.”
Galatians 5:13-15 NRSV
13 For you were called to freedom, brothers and sisters; only do not use your freedom as an opportunity for self-indulgence, but through love become slaves to one another. 14 For the whole law is summed up in a single commandment, “You shall love your neighbor as yourself.” 15 If, however, you bite and devour one another, take care that you are not consumed by one another.
1 Corinthians 3:6-9 NRSV
6 I planted, Apollos watered, but God gave the growth. 7 So neither the one who plants nor the one who waters is anything, but only God who gives the growth. 8 The one who plants and the one who waters have a common purpose, and each will receive wages according to the labor of each. 9 For we are God’s servants, working together; you are God’s field, God’s building.
What aspects of serving others do you enjoy?
What is it about serving others that you don’t like?
Let’s talk about it on Sunday.