Love as Service.

I have been attending the same church in the RDU area since I started as a first-year at UNC Chapel Hill, and I’m confident that I am more rooted in my faith because of it. The last five years at The Summit have been eye-opening for me and I’ve been able to draw closer to God because of the truth of the Gospel that is presented there regularly. Currently we are going through a series of messages called First Love, which is about building Christ-centered relationships.

In today’s message, Pastor JD gave the congregation a challenge for this week — in all of our meaningful relationships, ask the other person how you can serve them.

Yep, simply say “How can I serve/help you?” every single day this week and the challenge is complete.

I’ve been thinking about that all day today and how revolutionary it truly is, yet how it shouldn’t be so revolutionary to me. It’s so obvious to me that that is why Christ came to Earth — to serve. He washed his disciples’ feet and served those who no one else cared to serve.

Jesus explicitly tells us about service in Mark 10 when he talks to James and John. He says,

…But whoever would be great among you must be your servant, and whoever would be first among you must be slave of all. For ever the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.

The Son of Man came NOT to be served but to serve.

Isn’t this an amazing concept? How powerful service to others can be! What a model we have in Christ Jesus to display how we should be serving our brothers and sisters in the workplace or at school or in the mall parking lot or at the grocery store. It really doesn’t matter where we are because we are called to serve everywhere.

I find the humility of Christ to be so beautiful — He always lifted others up and helped them in their times of need. This is following Christ — that we do as He did to those around us.

I present the same challenge to you, blog-reader. Paul says in Ephesians 5:

Therefore be imitators of God, as beloved children. And walk in love, as Christ loved us and gave Himself up for us…

Let’s walk in love and humility this week as we ask those around us how we can serve them!

If you’re interested in hearing any of the messages or getting more information about the First Love series, click here!

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