FF40 – Day 38 on Service | From Kelsey Hawkins
DAY 38 – SERVICE
In Matthew 23:1-10 Jesus is talking to a large crowd about the scribes and
Pharisees who do their works so that others can see what they are doing.
He is preaching about how they try to find their own honor through their
actions. Jesus is explaining to them that they have one father, God, and one
instructor, Christ. After saying this, He then goes on to say:
The greatest among you will be your servant. (Matthew 23:11)
Christ is teaching the crowd that those who are servants will be the ones who are exulted. He is saying this to contradict the Pharisees and scribes who are doing their works to be seen by others so that they may be seen and honored for what they do.
Have you ever found yourself acting like a Pharisee and trying to find
honor in deeds? What can you do to keep your mind on Christ while
serving others throughout this school year?
But you, take courage! Do not let your hands be weak, for your works shall be rewarded. (2nd Chronicles 15:7)
In this verse God is letting us know that even when we feel weak and
discouraged, to take courage. Although serving Christ may sometimes feel
hard and fruitless, God assures us that He sees the work we are doing and
will honor us for it.
Have you ever felt discouraged while serving God? How can you find
encouragement while serving God?
For God is not unjust so as to overlook your work and the love that you have shown for his name in serving the believers, as you still do. And we desire each one of you to show the same earnestness to have the full assurance of hope until the end. (Hebrews 6:10-12)
The author of Hebrews is writing to Christians to encourage us throughout our walks of faith. Here the writer is saying that God will not overlook the service we do. He is saying that while we serve, to serve wholeheartedly and with love. By doing this, Christ will reward us with the “full assurance of hope until the end,” in other words, a hope for Heaven and seeing the glory of Christ.
Part of serving wholeheartedly is not only serving those that do not believe
but also believers. We need to remember that the family of Christ needs to
be built up, which is done through our service to one another.
What can you do this semester to serve nonbelievers within the Belmont
community? What can we do or get involved with this semester to build up
and serve the Body of Christ?
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