Serve Others - Marketplace Mission Trip Week 1 Day 4

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Serve

Our 4th daily activity is to Serve Others. This may be the most difficult activity during the COVID-19 pandemic. Check below for new ideas, but also feel free to share any ideas God gives you, too. We need each other to help us glorify God.

Verses

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!”

Thoughts

As we go through our day, it is easy to focus on our own tasks and to-dos.  But we only see what’s right in front of us, too. To serve others, let’s ask God to show us what he wants us to do.

As we do our jobs, 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!

Ideas for Action

As we mentioned Tuesday,  you most enjoy being with people who enjoy being with you. Who do you miss? Reach out to them today and tell them, but also, think of new people, too. Send a few more emails or text messages today. Tell people you haven’t seen in a while that you thought of them, you’re praying for them and you miss them. And ask a couple of questions too.

Whoever pops to mind, figure out a way to get to know them better. They could be your friends forever. God loves them. So, rather than judge people today, ask God to guide you as you learn more and look for ways to serve and enjoy others.

Prayer

Lord, please show me how to serve others. Give me a unique idea for how to bless someone. And please encourage and energize me to go above and beyond my own job to help others know you. May I represent you and your kingdom today, regardless of my own limitations.

Daily reminders

Remember, our next video call is Sunday afternoon and the nightly video calls start next Monday!

These items are reminders for the week and beyond. You already know this stuff, but we feel better repeating it anyway.

  1. Please avoid sharing about this mission “trip” on social media. We don’t want our friends and coworkers to feel like an experiment. Please limit your sharing to close personal friends who will pray for you.
  2. Even when you ask a friend to pray, don’t share other’s names or circumstances.Protect their privacy. If you ask someone to pray, ask them to pray for you as you pray for your friends and coworkers. No one else needs the details.
  3. In everything, put others ahead of yourself. Give your life away (Matthew 16:25).
  4. Don’t quit! If you miss one day, don’t sweat it! Just grab the next one. God’s grace is sufficient. He will use you!
  5. Plan now for Sunday’s video call. It’s at 4 PM Eastern, 3 PM Central and 1 PM Pacific. Watch for Saturday’s email with more info.
 

If you have questions, comment below or call me at (918) 899-4239 or email mike@followerofone.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.

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