Friday, June 21, 2013

serving God thru serving others

What first got your attention about God?  Our stories are all different, but our stories are all real.  Often I talked to people who have connected to our church in various ways.  Many of them tell stories of one of our people serving them.  You see, acts of random kindness (known as ARKs) are often the window for someone to see God.  Yes, God might use you to open someone’s eyes to who He is and how He loves them!

I have been in church since before I was born.  My family was faithful to church and knew the goodness of God in many shapes and forms.  Yet through the years I came to see God in bigger ways, in fresh and living ways being lived out by other people as they served.  People who serve others find purpose in life even more than those who stay to themselves. 

Lots of folks we know didn't come to know Jesus when they were kids.  Those folks have come in all different ways to connect with God, but everyone had connections to people who already knew God.  What did they see and know before they asked Jesus for His saving hope?  I want to suggest that they saw Jesus in other people's actions.

We all experience God through serving.  He gets our attention while someone serves or helps us OR He uses us to get the attention of others.  Serving might be the first thing we connected with God through.  It might be that as we serve others connect with God as they see Him through us.  Think about it.

Here is a story for you (and we all have a story).  Someone was asked about Jesus in ways they really could not answer, but what they knew, they could speak of.  Listen to their response:

John 9:25 (nlt)
"I don't know whether he is a sinner," the man replied. "But I know this: I was blind, and now I can see!"

People will experience God through serving.  You and me and others!  So I ask you: who are you serving?  Think about it.

Lots of people serve self.  They are (or we are) looking out for number one which is self and what I want.  This is common in our nation and in our day.  It is common and often human nature to watch out for ourselves.

But it is common spiritual nature to look out for others first.  To shine for people to see God is an incredible thing.  It is through serving, sharing the kindness of God that we open the doors for people to walk through to experience God.  I believe that the church ought to be the most inviting place on earth.  Our people ought to be inviting people to experience God through serving them each and every day.

Don't be selfish; don't try to impress others. Be humble, thinking of others as better than yourselves. Don't look out only for your own interests, but take an interest in others, too. You must have the same attitude that Christ Jesus had.

That is one more reason that ARK's go a long way in the day we live.  What do you think?

May God use you and me to serve others so they see and come to know Jesus.

Note: some of this first appeared in an e-devotion and on my blog in April of 2009.

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