Echo Devotional: Day 20 – A Culture of Serving Your World

A Culture of Serving Your World

 

“What good is it, my brothers, if someone says he has faith but does not have works? Can that faith save him? If a brother or sister is poorly clothed and lacking in daily food, and one of you says to them, ‘Go in peace, be warmed and filled,’ without giving them the things needed for the body, what good is that? So also faith by itself, if it does not have works, is dead.” (James 2:14-17, ESV)

I’m not a great shopper or gift-giver.  I tend to over think gift-giving.  It always seems to me that the person is so much more valuable than anything I can buy that any gift would seem paltry. I usually just freeze when trying to think of something special to get them. Then I think of gifts I’ve received that I loved.  One that comes to mind from my friend Marcus Stern was a raw ribeye steak in the wrapping paper from the meat market.  The dude knows I love to cook, so he bought me a steak!  I was so happy.  Another fun gift that comes to mind was a bag of peanut butter M&M’s that James and Holly brown bought me after my elbow surgery.  It was simple and it had a simple, funny note. These gifts and my friends thinking of me were acts of service to me.

When my kids serve by cleaning up, cooking, or any kind of unordinary treat, my heart leaps.  When I see people at Anchor Church walking the halls setting stuff up, tearing stuff down, greeting people outside, or staying after service to just visit with and value people, my heart leaps.  If my heart leaps, then I think God’s heart explodes when He sees His kids serve and give to others.

God made us to love serving and to love being served.  Serving demonstrates worth to the one being served.  Serving is an entry way to every heart on the planet because serving people shows them they are valued and they are loved. We are made to love serving because there is truly no other feeling in the world like the sense of enjoyment and completion of knowing you have blessed someone else in Jesus name.

We at Anchor Church have a mandate in 2018 to offer Hope for Every Home in and around McKinney.  My heart knows this is not just about 2018, but this is going to be a revolution of serving our city for as long as God has us here on earth. 

A CULTURE OF SERVING OUR WORLD

  1. NO COP-OUTS

Here are some serving cop-outs: 

    • There’s so much to do that no one will notice anything I do, so I’m not going to help.
    • There are plenty of other people serving, and I’m not really needed anywhere.
    • If I had more resources or better ideas, then I would help.

It’s very true that none of us can solve the world’s problems, none of us can change the whole world. But none of us are responsible for the whole world, we are only responsible for our own piece of it, and all of us can change our world.  We can do something and what we do matters.

2.  GIVE AND SERVE WITHOUT LOOKING FOR GLORY

Go out of your way to pay someones bill, give a gift, or take care of a need without hanging around to bask in the glory of your service being noticed.  Make it a point to serve the Lord in what you do and bless Him in your service.  He will reward you with love, peace and true joy. This is the way to truly love serving.

3.  BE OVER-THE-TOP GENEROUS

Regular generosity is tithing.   Being over-the-top generous is tithing, giving up things you have and want so you can give more, and then picking up the tab for someone at Raising Canes!

Regular generosity is serving on the Anchor Dream Team during our weekend services.  Over-the-top generosity is going outside in thirty degree weather and helping someone change their tire while you miss having a hot lunch with your friends.

4.  MAKE PEOPLE FEEL SEEN

Go out of your way to connect with people you think may feel disconnected or longing to feel value.  They sit alone.  They stand apart.  They isolate themselves from people trying to prove they’re unlovable.  They may even sabotage themselves by acting like a porcupine to keep people away.  Serve them in a way that makes them hear, “I’m here for you.  God cares about you.  You are not alone today.”

QUESTIONS

Why do you feel Jesus served the way He did?  Write out your thoughts about His motive.

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Why is serving such a top priority and value to God? 

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In what ways have you experienced a Culture of Serving Your World at Anchor Church?  Has anyone served in a way that inspired you?  What happened?

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PRAYER

Lord Jesus, You came to the earth to serve.  Thank you.  You’re inviting me into a culture of serving my world.  I need your power and Spirit to genuinely care about the needs of others.  I need your help focusing on your heart for people.  Will you fill me with your Spirit today and fill me with a heart for changing my world through serving and loving others?  Jesus, I need you and I want to follow you in serving today.  In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

NEXT STEPS

  • GROWTH TRACK – register today for Step 1, 2 or 3 in the Growth Track at www.myanchorchurch.com/growthtrack.  Then tell someone about what is happening in your journey to Know God.
  • GET IN A GROUP – explore the opportunities to connect with other people in an Anchor Group at www.myanchorchurch.com/groups.  You will grow and you will help others grow in their faith.

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