This past Sunday, in church, reverend Grobler spoke about our mission, missionary work and our calling. In the line of my work, I’ve often wondered about this. I’ve received my call to serve many years ago. Since that evening in the Krugersdorp Full Gospel Church, I’ve known that my life will always be one of service, I could just never understand how.
I’ve been searching for ways to purposely serve ever since. Now I am doing actual work, serving the communities around me and people as far afield as Uganda. The thing is, I realize now, I’ve always served in some way or another. Maybe not in specific poor and destitute areas, but I’ve served my family, my friends, my colleagues, by just being there and helping them when they need me. You do not need to ‘purposely serve’, serving must be a way of life.
Now I can hear you asking: “How can I live a life of service?”. That is easy, as the rev so aptly put it: “It is in the manual”. Said “manual” being the Holy Bible. I know many people in the world are not Christians, but that doesn’t mean you do not know the difference between living decent lives and living wasted lives. Serving is what God calls us to do and He does not only call the Christians, He calls the whole world. Someday, whether you believe in it or not, you will be judged for whatever you did on this earth.
Serving others is simply this: being compassionate and kind to all living things, to earth itself. Be considerate with your words and actions, do not judge others, not even if you feel you have a right to. Living every day consciously knowing that you are NOT better than anyone else, staying humble and accepting others for who they are.
Still wondering how you can serve and why? Let’s have a look in the ‘manual’, courtesy of www.openbible.com.
Luke 6:38: “Give, and it will be given to you. Good measure, pressed down, shaken together, running over, will be put into your lap. For with the measure you use it will be measured back to you.”
Philippians 2:1-11: “So if there is any encouragement in Christ, any comfort from love, any participation in the Spirit, any affection and sympathy, complete my joy by being of the same mind, having the same love, being in full accord and of one mind. Do nothing from rivalry or conceit, but in humility count others more significant than yourselves. Let each of you look not only to his own interests, but also to the interests of others. Have this mind among yourselves, which is yours in Christ Jesus, …”
Galatians 5:13-14 : “For you were called to freedom, brothers. Only do not use your freedom as an opportunity for the flesh, but through love serve one another. For the whole law is fulfilled in one word: “You shall love your neighbor as yourself.”
The thing is, and I know this is a cliche, we are all on earth for but a short while. So ask yourself: “What legacy will I leave behind?” Will you be proud to know your children and grandchildren are following in your footsteps, guided by your life’s example? When it’s all said and done, and you lie on your deathbed, will you wish you’ve lived differently? Will you be ashamed of you life? Did you do your duty?
Read more about serving others here.