When you examine, really close up examine, the meaning of serving and why people live outside of themselves there are really just 2 reasons: making you feel good AND inner conviction (there may be other reasons, but these are the best. So, lets examine the conviction issue.
For me, I get an awesome rush by serving others. It is not just that is makes me feel good, but I have a calling to serve. Deep inside me, I have to do these. I have to lead others to do this.
Philippians 2:3-5 (nlt) --- Don't be selfish; don't try to impress others. Be humble, thinking of others as better than yourselves. 4 Don't look out only for your own interests, but take an interest in others, too. 5 You must have the same attitude that Christ Jesus had.
God told us to live this way. Actually, there are people who are more gifted in serving others, yet no Christian is exempt from serving others. We are to be looking out for others every day. True love literally lays down what you want so that others can have.
I learned in the 8th grade a simple definition of love that has stuck with me a long time ... love means doing for someone else without any thought of return. That is big, real big.
One of our ladies had a conversation with the custodian in the building where she works. He ran into some folks from our church sometime ago and was ministered to, but this weekend he was at one of the laundromats where our folks were serving. In the conversation this lady learned that our acts of kindness are leading this gentleman, who doesn't attend church, to be open to hearing about God. That makes what we do that much more valuable. And I love it. How about you?
SERVolution has added another dimension to The Community as we step out to serve others. Lots of people ask why we do this? We simple share we are here to "demonstrate the love of God to our community" because that is what God says to do. Again, no strings attached at all. That steps right into the place where Jesus lives and is our example
Matthew 20:28 (nlt) --- For even the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve others and to give his life as a ransom for many.
It is almost Easter. Jesus served people at Easter and all through His life. If we are going to follow His example, we have to make the right choice. That last verse gives you 2 choices: be served OR serve. And when we choose to serve, we literally give our lives so that others can live. I want people to see Jesus.
Note: today through SERVolution our people are filling the food pantry at the local social services office, doing some yard and a few other things as well. Please pray that God would use our acts of kindness to let people see Him!