Serving Others (1 May 2021)

Morning Encounter:

Introduction

Right from the very beginning, it was always God’s intention that his people should be a blessing to others. Jesus so beautifully demonstrated this in both word and action- through the stories he told, the teachings that he gave and the gift of both listening to people and healing them. He declared of himself that he ‘did not come to be a served, but to serve and give his life to rescue many people’ (Mark 10.45). His sacrificial death on the cross was a unique and unrepeatable act of love. We too are called to many little deaths as we practice the disciplines of service in giving our self to others.

Read:

Every third year, instead of using the ten per cent of your harvest for a big celebration, bring it into town and put it in a community storehouse. The Levites have no land of their own, so you must give them food from the storehouse. You must also give food to the poor who live in your town, including orphans, widows, and foreigners. If they have enough to eat, then the Lord your God will be pleased and make you successful in everything you do.

(Deuteronomy 14.28-29)

Reflect:

Deuteronomy is a record of Moses’ address to Israel on the eve of their entry into the Promised Land. It is a book that reaffirms their status before God and his covenant with his servant people. Every year they were to bring a tenth (or tithe) of their harvest in worship and every third year they were to give that tithe to support those who could not work including widows and orphans.

Respond:  

Consider who you can serve today. Who do you know who is not able to work or support themselves? Who has been made redundant, off sick or recently had a baby and would benefit from your kindness and help today?

Midday Meditation:

‘Prayer in action is love, and love in action is service. Try to give unconditionally whatever a person needs in the moment. The point is to do something, however small, and show you care through your actions by giving your time … We are all God’s children so it is important to share His gifts. Do not worry about why problems exist in the world – just respond to people’s needs … We feel what we are doing is just a drop in the ocean, but that ocean would be less without that drop.’

(Mother Teresa)
 

Evening Reflection:

Christ was truly God.
But he did not try to remain
    equal with God.
Instead he gave up everything
    and became a slave,
when he became
    like one of us.

Christ was humble.
He obeyed God
and even died
    on a cross.
Then God gave Christ
    the highest place
and honoured his name
    above all others.

 So at the name of Jesus
    everyone will bow down,
those in heaven, on earth,
    and under the earth.
 And to the glory
    of God the Father
everyone will openly agree,
    “Jesus Christ is Lord!”

Philippians 2.6-11 (CEV)

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