“Each of you has received a gift to use to serve others. Be good servants of God’s various gifts of grace. Anyone who speaks should speak words from God. Anyone who serves should serve with the strength God gives so that in everything God will be praised through Jesus Christ. Power and glory belong to him forever and ever. Amen.” 1 Peter 4:10-11
On Sunday, I did a quick little lesson with kids (on Facebook of course) about serving others. I asked them a few questions... What does it MEAN to serve others? Who do you serve? What do you do to serve others? What does your attitude say about who you serve? What are your gifts and how can you use them to serve others?
Sometimes we can feel like we don’t have anything to offer others, or that what little we do have is not enough. But, we just need to remember that serving others is so simple. Like I told the kids, you can start small by making lunch for someone in your house, making a card, praying for someone, or like we’ve told our kids, making someone else's bed for them in morning. Easy right? Adults, it is as simple as picking up the phone and letting someone know you’re thinking about them, getting groceries for someone who can't get out, or just lend a listening ear. Some of you might have other gifts that you can use to serve others like landscaping, cleaning, household projects, painting, crafting, or even an amazing speaking or singing ability. And some might have finances you could use to serve others as well.
By serving others we are really serving God. I also reminded the kiddos that we need to have a joyful heart while serving. It is easy to get burnt out on serving if your heart is not in it. I don’t know about you, but when I go out to a restaurant, nothing is more annoying than a server with a bad attitude. Having a good attitude will bring not only you but those you are serving so much joy!
“Jesus sat down opposite the place where the offerings were put and watched the crowd putting their money into the temple treasury. Many rich people threw in large amounts. But a poor widow came and put in two very small copper coins, worth only a few cents. Calling his disciples to him, Jesus said, "Truly I tell you, this poor widow has put more into the treasury than all the others. They all gave out of their wealth; but she, out of her poverty, put in everything-all she had to live on." - Mark 12:41-44
God, help us to see the gifts that You have graced us with. No matter how small they seem to us, You can use them in big ways! Our little ways may just be blessing someone's need. We all play a part in your Kingdom work! May the Glory forever be yours!
Stay blessed beautiful people,