Our 4th daily activity is to Serve Others. As you step into opportunities to serve others, ask God to make himself visible today.
Mark 10:42-45 – Calling them to Himself, Jesus said to them, “You know that those who are recognized as rulers of the Gentiles lord it over them; and their great men exercise authority over them. But it is not this way among you, but whoever wishes to become great among you shall be your servant; and whoever wishes to be first among you shall be slave of all. For even the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give His life a ransom for many.”
Matthew 14:16 – But Jesus said to them, “They do not need to go away; you give them something to eat!”
As we go through our day, it is easy to focus on our own tasks and to-dos. We want to meet or exceed our expectations or the expectations of others. We pursue success, and may think we caught it. But does success mean we get our work done so we can do what we want?
Jesus defines success differently. He asks us to sacrifice our lives to him (Romans 12:1-2) and take up our cross daily (Luke 9:23-24). How can we be a slave of all (Mark 10:44)? How can we change our perspective and serve others today? How can we put ourselves in a position to represent Jesus as his agent in our workplaces?
In Matthew 14, the disciples asked Jesus what they should do about 5000 hungry people when they had no food. Jesus told them, “you give them something to eat,” (Matthew 14:16). They must have thought he was crazy! They couldn’t imagine how they could feed 5000 people with 5 loaves and 2 fish. Jesus gives them a challenge that applies to us in our workplaces today. We can serve others, by serving food or laying down our rights so others might succeed. Even when we think we have nothing, we can give others something if we get that “something” from Jesus!
If you think about it, you most enjoy being with people who enjoy being with you. Our friends appreciate us, so we appreciate them. Why not appreciate some new people today? Enjoy them and express an interest in them. Get to know them better. These people could be your friends forever. God loves them. Even if you don’t, try to love them. Try to find the qualities God most enjoys about them. God enjoys his creation, including the people you don’t enjoy. Rather than judge people today, try to learn more about them and find ways to enjoy them.
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These items are reminders for the week and beyond. You already know this stuff, but we feel better repeating it anyway.
If you have questions, reply to this message or call me at (918) 899-4239 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Please pray for the others on this trip. Prayer makes all the difference. We have been and will continue praying for you. We’re excited to see Jesus work through you in the lives of your friends.