1 Follow God’s example, therefore, as dearly loved children 2 and walk in the way of love, just as Christ loved us and gave himself up for us as a fragrant offering and sacrifice to God. (Ephesians 5:1 – 2)
As we conclude our consideration of the Discipline of Service today let’s focus on application. During His time on earth, service was central to Jesus. In Matthew 23:11 He said, “But he that is greatest among you shall be your servant”. Our passage today instructs us to follow His example. I am convinced that the world really needs this!
Please prayerfully read the passage above and consider the suggestions below.
- Prayerfully create a Service Action Plan (SAP) for the next few days/weeks.
- Consider what Jesus would do in response to the prevailing atmosphere of uncertainty, fear and pain.
- Be specific in your SAP about who you are going to serve and the service you will perform.
- If you can share your plan without betraying any confidences, please do so to encourage others.
March 25, 2020 at 10:35 am
My grandson is at home, due to the Corona virus epidemic. Schools are closed as a precaution. However, parents are still working to provide for the family. These parents are worried and stressed out. I am blessed to have an opportunity to spend four months with my grandson. I thank God for this opportunity and pray for parents in all countries affected to get some kind of support.
March 25, 2020 at 12:17 pm
Today is a friends birthday and instead of a text I plan to FaceTime her. My team is working remote and some of them aren’t adjusting well. I will write each a card and send a little gift.
I will pray for each and their family by name.
March 25, 2020 at 1:18 pm
The SAP is a great suggestion. Thank you.
March 25, 2020 at 3:42 pm
I greet everyone on streets, in the surgery office, supermarket aisles, clerks, cleaners, diplomats etc as equals. On the way home from shopping earlier I made a point of stopping to thank 3 sets of street cleaners and they all responded with shouts of “take care, keep safe” and huge smiles. If that’s not what God wants us to do, then I’m confused. Love our fellow men , care for one another. There is still the homeless factor that is pushing me to activate some move where possible.
March 26, 2020 at 1:36 am
Maybe I would continue with how I live but this SAP has me thinking.
I would call all the people I know who do not have family and who live alone.
I gave compliments to four very obese women exercising in the park and they were happy that I did that.
March 26, 2020 at 8:04 am
As the world is facing public health crisis, prayer is the most powerful thing I can do at this time. I’m sharing this prayer from my daily bible devotional from You Version:
You say that if your people humble themselves, turn away from wickedness, and call on Your name, that You will answer them, and heal their land. So we are asking for forgiveness, forgive us for the times we’ve chosen not to love the people You put in front of us.
Allow the season to strengthen Your church and to remind us of how much You love the hurting world.
Please heal our land and use us to meet the needs of hurting people. Grow our faith, as you grow your global church.
Come Lord Jesus and do what only you can do. In Jesus name, Amen.