Reveal your heart through service to others | Worship
One day, Jesus was on his way to Jerusalem with his 12 best friends.
He called them together and said, “You know that the rulers of the Gentiles lord it over them, and their high officials exercise authority over them. Not so with you.
“Instead, whoever wants to become great among you must be your servant, and whoever wants to be first must be your slave (meaning, “let him take the lowest place”) – just as the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.” (Matthew 20:25-28)
What was Jesus saying here? Well, his disciples were starting to vie for position, even placing themselves ahead of, above, over, the others. Sound familiar? Have you experienced that from others?
Jesus cuts this line of thinking down fast. Being great in Heaven means having an attitude and heart of humility and service, not wielding power over others to boost yourself up.
Jesus himself showed his heart every day, especially when he said, “For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him.” (John 3:16-17)
There is not a better example of humility and service in all of history. Service to others reveals your heart: it blesses them, it builds a strong community and it affects you personally.
Did you know there are over 20 organizations in Mukilteo alone where you can serve? We at Jericho Bridge Church have been privileged to come alongside a number of these serving organizations. It was important to Jesus; it’s important to us.
Through that service we have been blessed with new friendships, in addition to the experience of helping our neighbors. There are a number of ways we have done this, and here are just a few to help you connect, serve and bless.
Formally: Through an established organization you can come alongside and just “help.” Talents and time show you care, and we know from experience how much that care is appreciated.
Entrepreneurially: You can offer an internship, giving your talents to help the next generation. It doesn’t have to be structured and strict; it can be as simple as a scheduled coffee meeting after school.
I meet with our intern weekly, teaching web design and development, with two of the goals being to provide content for his college resume and to provide a letter of recommendation.
Finally, personally: A spontaneous and fun way to serve is to just grab some rakes and a few friends and go clean up the yard of an elderly or home-bound neighbor. A couple hours of work will yield more appreciation than you know.
These are three ways to connect – there are an infinite number of ways to serve. Let your imagination loose!
Jesus said, “Give, and it will be given to you. A good measure, pressed down, shaken together and running over, will be poured into your lap.” (Luke 6:38)
Do you want to make a difference? Just serve. You won’t get your name on a plaque somewhere, but you’ll carry the smile and appreciation of others in your heart forever.