Today is the day.
Today is the day that you have the power to do something amazing.
Today is the day that you can quit serving yourself and find it in you to serve someone else.
Although that can sound a little harsh, if you really look within yourself, you’ll see that you’ve been serving yourself all along. We all do it!
If you’ve eaten breakfast this morning, you’ve served your self. If you’ve driven yourself to work or school, you’ve served yourself. If you’ve fixed your hair this morning, you’ve served yourself.
Think about it… everything that I just listed could have been done for you by another person. A waiter or waitress, an uber driver, a hair dresser, etc. Just by getting up this morning and getting yourself out the door, you’ve already served yourself more than you’ll probably serve anyone else today.
Am I telling you to stop taking care of yourself? Heck no! Brush that hair sister!
But the point I’m trying to make is that oh so many times we wait to be served. We sit around wondering why no one has served us. We wonder why our friends haven’t brought us a “just thinking of you” gift or why our church hasn’t celebrated us publicly or why our significant others haven’t dreamed up of an extravagant way to serve us this week, but get what I’m about to say.
We set the atmosphere of service.
If we are constantly serving ourselves, we set the atmosphere of self serving. If we are constantly serving others, we set the atmosphere of truly serving.
Think about it. If Jesus would’ve just told his disciples to serve others, do you really think that others would serve as much? I really don’t think so. I think that they served and we continue to serve because he set for us an atmosphere of serving.
If Jesus hadn’t of knelt to the ground, put himself below those who were really “beneath” him and washed their feet as an act of love and service, do you think that we would still be having feet washing services a couple thousand years later?
ABSOLUTELY NOT. That would be weird as heck.
He lead by example and set the atmosphere for serving.
It’s so easy to talk about how we could serve or how we’re going to serve, but it’s completely different to actually walk the walk and serve. How many times have we sat at a Bible study and talked about ways we could serve our family, friends, and/or community? If you’ve been going to a Bible study for any significant amount of time, the chances are high.
Bob Goff says something to the effect of, “what if we stopped studying the Bible and actually started living it out. We need less Bible studies and more Bible doings.“
What would happen if you started to set the atmosphere of service in your home? In your friend group? In your school? In your workplace?
Honestly, at first, probably nothing.
But we humans can take a while to catch on to the new trends.
The more you set an atmosphere of service, the heavier the atmosphere becomes. The longer you make serving a “norm” the more others start to catch on.
You may never see what one small act of service plays out to be, but I guarantee you that the Creator of this world watches the play-by-play.
“And the King will answer them, ‘Don’t you know? When you cared for one of the least important of these my little ones, my true brothers and sisters, you demonstrated love for me’.” -Matthew 25:40 (TPT)
So here’s my challenge. Serve just one person today. Take a break from serving yourself and serve just one person. Serving can look like giving someone a compliment, giving them a “just because” gift, giving them a shout out on social media, etc. Get creative with it!
Ask God what would serve their heart the best. And do that.
It doesn’t have to be hard or time consuming, but start setting the atmosphere. Not only will it influence others to serve, but it will influence your heart to want to serve even more.
Get out there and serve.