FF40 – Day 33 on Service | From Evan Vaughn

DAY 33 – SERVICE

Luke 6:27-45 | Ephesians 2:10 | Philippians 2:1-11

As you begin this new phase of your life, in a new community with new
surroundings, it’s important to know what you were made for. All of us have
been created by God to serve others. When we look to our prime example
for living, Jesus, we see the God of the universe humbling Himself and
coming to serve humanity as one of its own. In fact, he served sacrificially,
becoming “obedient to the point of death” (Philippians 2:5-8).

In this new environment, you’ll be faced with countless opportunities to
serve in various places – in your dorm, as a student leader, in the Nashville
community, and beyond. But these opportunities to serve are nothing if not
taken. We must take our faith public, not keeping it to ourselves but putting
it into action. Luke 6:43-45 reminds us “every tree is known by its own fruit.”
If we are living out the gospel message, we will produce “good fruit.” We
will bring ourselves to action, going out into our communities to be Jesus’
instruments, putting others before ourselves just as He did.

Belmont has many needs that require humble, servant-minded people to
step forward and take on the responsibility of servanthood. Use your unique,
God-given talents and abilities to match your gifts to the needs of the
community (Romans 12:4-7). You were created with a specific purpose, so
give yourself up to God and let him use you to serve others. At this moment
you may not see exactly how, but you have a lot to offer your classmates,
your school, the underprivileged, the disenfranchised, and the forgotten.
You have been given much, and therefore much is expected of you (Luke
12:48). Do not simply keep these gifts from God to yourself, but use them to
serve others.

In this new chapter of your life, you’ll have plenty of new opportunities to live
out your faith, serve the community, and embody the gospel message. Make
sure you are intentional about making the most of these opportunities. As you
put your faith into action, you will find the Lord not only blesses others through
you, but He deeply impacts your life. The gospel message leaves no place to
sit idly by. As James says, “faith by itself, if it does not have works, is dead”
(2:17). Faith without works is no faith at all, so go out and serve the community.

Evan Vaughn
Junior, Business Management

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