Recently our small group has been studying the heart of service using a book call “Living Beyond Myself” as our study guide. A week or two before delving into the study I felt a hint of dread as the thought of embarking on a two or three-month long journey into serving was less than appealing. My expectations of my small group gatherings are simple. I want my obedience to be God stretched; I want my “fleshy” nature challenged by the study and the discussion that follows. I was not convinced a book on serving was going to accomplish the above.
After a couple lessons, I was pleasantly surprised how the study had deepened my understanding of how my love for people and my attitude towards service are so intertwined. My love for people has a direct correlation to my service to others (and vice versa). I wonder; is my love for people allowing me to be open to serve, or is the act of serving growing my love for people? Is it both at the same time?
Take a moment to reflect on your current view of service and how it relates to the love of others. Are you serving for your own gain, do you have difficulty allowing yourself to love others more? If you are not currently serving inside the church or outside the church, is there a deeper reason than being too busy?
Each of you should use whatever gift you have received to serve others, as faithful stewards of God’s grace in its various forms. 1 Peter 4:10 NIV