By Julie Hasling
“…you have been called to live in freedom… But don’t use your freedom to satisfy your sinful nature. Instead, use your freedom to serve one another in love.” Galatians 5:13 (NLT)
Do you desire to experience Jesus in a deeper, more fulfilling way? You don’t need to go on a retreat in order to find what (or Whom) you are looking for. You will find Him in the selfless, humble place of servanthood. Surprised?
When the mother of two disciples asked Jesus to honor her sons in His Kingdom, He gave her (and the disciples) a reality check,“Whoever wants to be a leader among you must be your servant…For even the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve others.” Matthew 20:26,28 (NLT)
You know Jesus didn’t tell us to serve one another in an attempt to make us miserable. On the contrary, we were designed by God to serve. We were meant to be channels thru which God could touch others with His love and mercy.
Serving, of course, can be exhausting. That’s why it’s vital we stay focused and connected to Jesus, our energy source. When David became weary, he knew where to regain his strength and joy. He said, “I will go to the altar of God, to God—the source of all my joy.”Psalm 43:4 (NLT)
The altar of God is the place where we prayerfully offer up our weaknesses, our strengths, even our good intentions. Here, we release our fears, insecurities and disappointments with Him, others, as well as ourselves. We place everything upon His holy altar and in exchange, we receive His gift of Grace! God’s Grace is so amazing that He can take the sum of our feeble lives, purify them and consume us with His passion to serve. This is where we become free to fulfill the needs of others, as well as ourselves!
Family Life Church, Lafayette will be hosting a “Serve Day” on July 21st. This event provides a variety of opportunities to use your skills and abilities to serve the needy in our community. For more information go to flchurch.net.