Ministering as the Savior Did

We are taught our whole lives to love one another, to get outside ourselves and serve, that we are God’s hands on the earth. I have been the recipient if service enough times to realize how important these things are, but for the longest time I felt guilty because I never felt like I was serving because I wasn’t organizing or being involved in big organized projects. It wasn’t until recently that I finally realized what it meant to follow Christ’s example in the way we minister.

I’m not sure what it was that brought the epiphany I had. It was probably a combination of reading about His life in the gospels again combined with other articles on service, but suddenly a lightbulb came on for me. Our Savior was never involved in big organized projects, He served as He went. He saw a need and He filled it. And generally these opportunities came as He was on His way to somewhere else. With this understanding also came a realization that there have probably been many opportunities to serve in my life that I have bypassed because I was too focused on the next place I was going or the next project I was wrapped up in.

Understanding that the little things we do to make another’s life easier are the essence of service has really been a game changer for me. It has created a desire in me to be more aware of those opportunities throughout the day. It has made me want to slow down a little and pay more attention to the whispers that come showing me the needs around me. It has helped me feel validated in the little things I do to show love to those around me. Now I feel great when I take an hour to listen to a friend vent, or go out of my way to write a note and create a special treat for one of my kids who is having a hard week, or take the afternoon and spend some quality time with my husband. I have begun to see the time I invest in facilitating my scripture study or writing for my blog as opportunities to serve as I share God’s word and love with those who read my testimony. I never really saw these as service before, and as good as it is to be part of big organized service projects, better understanding Christ’s way of ministering helps me to recognize that maybe service in the little things along our daily path are just as important, if not more so.

Serving in the Savior’s way means keeping our eyes and our hearts open to see a need and fill it, just like He did.

Be Kindly Affectioned One to Another with Brotherly Love

Ponder these verses:

Hebrews 6:

10 For God is not unrighteous to forget your work and labour of love, which ye have shewed toward his name, in that ye have ministered to the saints, and do minister.

Galatians 5:

13 For, brethren, ye have been called unto liberty; only use not liberty for an occasion to the flesh, but by love serve one another.
14 For all the law is fulfilled in one word, even in this; Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself.

1 Peter 4:

8 And above all things have fervent charity among yourselves: for charity shall cover the multitude of sins.
9 Use hospitality one to another without grudging.
10 As every man hath received the gift, even so minister the same one to another, as good stewards of the manifold grace of God.

Matthew 20:

26 But it shall not be so among you: but whosoever will be great among you, let him be your minister;
27 And whosoever will be chief among you, let him be your servant:

Romans 12:

9 Let love be without dissimulation. Abhor that which is evil; cleave to that which is good.
10 Be kindly affectioned one to another with brotherly love; in honour preferring one another;

Matthew 25:

34 Then shall the King say unto them on his right hand, Come, ye blessed of my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world:
35 For I was an hungred, and ye gave me meat: I was thirsty, and ye gave me drink: I was a stranger, and ye took me in:
36 Naked, and ye clothed me: I was sick, and ye visited me: I was in prison, and ye came unto me.
37 Then shall the righteous answer him, saying, Lord, when saw we thee an hungred, and fed thee? or thirsty, and gave thee drink?
38 When saw we thee a stranger, and took thee in? or naked, and clothed thee?
39 Or when saw we thee sick, or in prison, and came unto thee?
40 And the King shall answer and say unto them, Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto me.

What do these verses teach us about how God wants us to care for one another?

Service – Day 11 on a14 Day Walk with Christ

The wise men put great time and effort into serving the Lord. It took them years to get to where He was so that they might worship Him.

Matthew 2:

1 Now when Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judæa in the days of Herod the king, behold, there came wise men from the east to Jerusalem,
2 Saying, Where is he that is born King of the Jews? for we have seen his star in the east, and are come to worship him.
3 When Herod the king had heard these things, he was troubled, and all Jerusalem with him.

8 And he sent them to Bethlehem, and said, Go and search diligently for the young child; and when ye have found him, bring me word again, that I may come and worship him also.
9 When they had heard the king, they departed; and, lo, the star, which they saw in the east, went before them, till it came and stood over where the young child was.
10 When they saw the star, they rejoiced with exceeding great joy.
11 ¶ And when they were come into the house, they saw the young child with Mary his mother, and fell down, and worshipped him: and when they had opened their treasures, they presented unto him gifts; gold, and frankincense, and myrrh.

Service is something that helps us in so many ways! It gets us out of ourselves and puts our trials in perspective. It fills us with love and light as we show love to others. It draws us closer to God as we act as His hands on earth.

Sure we all have opportunities for service projects and intentionally seeking ways to serve is very important, but there is another way to serve I had never given much thought to, or maybe always thought of as acts too insignificant to count as service. As we have focused on ministering this year it finally dawned on me how Jesus served one by one as situations of need arose as He went about His daily tasks.

This realization has become so significant in my life. It has made me desire to be more aware of the needs around me, to not be so busy that I don’t notice a need or that I use my busyness as an excuse not to serve where the Lord needs me. Sometimes it is as simple as acting on a prompting to send a text to someone to let them know I’m thinking of them. Sometimes it is putting a project aside to spend an hour listening to a friend vent. Sometimes it is making a special gesture for one of my family members because they have been having a hard time. But most importantly it is about noticing the people around us, paying attention to heavenly inspirations, and being willing to invest love and time where the Lord wants us to, one by one.

Song: Adore Him by Kari Jobe

Challenge: Will you watch for ways to serve as you go about your day today?