As we close out this weeks blog I thought that we would finish up our reflections on discipleship looking at service. Often we find ourselves saying things like God knows my heart and searches me, whenever we feel like we let God down or neglected to do something we revert back to God knowing our heart and therefore our intentions.
As disciples we must not rely on our intentions but on our reality. The reality of discipleship is lived service. We can dream, thing and plan but unless we are actively doing, we are not living out our commission. It's easy to sing a song, read a scripture, write a paragraph, or preach a sermon about what we should be doing and how we should be living. While all of the previously mentioned are important tools of evangelism it's totally different than modeling the life of a disciple or a life of service.
Lets look at our two text for reflection today, taken from Acts 6: 1-2 and Luke 22: 8-13
8So Jesus sent Peter and John, saying, ‘Go and prepare the Passover meal for us that we may eat it.’ 9They asked him, ‘Where do you want us to make preparations for it?’ 10‘Listen,’ he said to them, ‘when you have entered the city, a man carrying a jar of water will meet you; follow him into the house he enters 11and say to the owner of the house, “The teacher asks you, ‘Where is the guest room, where I may eat the Passover with my disciples?’ ” 12He will show you a large room upstairs, already furnished. Make preparations for us there.’ 13So they went and found everything as he had told them; and they prepared the Passover meal.
Seven Chosen to ServeNow during those days, when the disciples were increasing in number, the Hellenists complained against the Hebrews because their widows were being neglected in the daily distribution of food. 2And the twelve called together the whole community of the disciples and said, ‘It is not right that we should neglect the word of God in order to wait at tables.
Reflecting on these two text my point for the week is driven home. We must love ourselves, and allow ourselves to be empowered by Christ. In doing all of that we must go forward in service. Service is a ministry that all disciples are called to.
How are you serving? Who are you serving? Are you serving?
Until Tuesday, Be Well