We love routine, don’t we? We love controlling our schedule, commanding and shuffling it as needed. We love to be the masters of our lives. And it’s hard when our comfort and convenience are challenged.
But the reality is, that’s exactly what being a servant requires. And that’s what Jesus asks of each of us.
He calls us to a life outside our comfort zone. He calls us from a life of self-focus to a life focused on others. Paul reminds us in Galatians 5:13: “For you were called to freedom, brethren; only do not turn your freedom into an opportunity for the flesh, but through love serve one another.”
Serving is sacrifice. What are you willing to give up? What will you sacrifice your comfort and convenience in order to pursue?
When we choose to serve others, we are wooing people to who Jesus is—the God who bent down to wash dusty feet (John 13:1-17). When we serve with joyful hears, we model the very heart of Jesus and point people to His goodness. Romans 12:1 even calls it a “service of worship.”
At First Dallas, we have hundreds of places for you to practice serving like Jesus.
It might look like coming in early to make coffee for your class.
It might look like sitting with someone new in service.
It might look like spending time preparing a lesson during the week.
It might look like following up with people in your class after a long work day.
Service requires sacrifice, but there is no greater reward than modeling our Savior and loving people like Jesus.
“And whoever wishes to be first among you shall be your slave; just as the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give His life a ransom for many.” Matthew 20:27-28