Last night, I had an opportunity to serve. My small group and I went to a local ministry that provides food to local families. They do this once a month. This was my first time, and I was really looking forward to it.
I believe in social justice. I talk about it all the time. I even wrote my thesis about Jesus and social justice. But this is a time when I was able to actually stand alongside my church members and serve.
Serving in this way is my opportunity to live out my commitment to social justice. I enjoy talking about it. I enjoy writing about, too. But I am really excited about acting on my beliefs. I believe that it is fulfilling in a way that few things can. It feeds the soul to give expression to what is in your heart. This is especially true when that expression helps someone else. This is why people create. And why people work for change. And why people serve.
Christians are called to a life of service — service to God, and service to others. In Matthew 20:28, Jesus says that he came not to be served, but to serve. In the verses prior, Jesus instructs his disciples to serve. Service is the way to greatness, according to Matthew 20:26-27. Jesus served (John 13: 14). Surely, we, his followers, should serve.
It is a blessing to serve because I get to show the kindness of Jesus. Jesus even suggests that demonstrating this kindness to others is the same as demonstrating kindness to him (Matthew 25:34-40). It’s great to know that the people we served were blessed. But it’s amazing to know that I was blessed in return.
Last night, I got to serve. How do you serve?