Good morning friends! I have absolutely loved exploring the “heart of” hospitality and adventure. I hope you have been encouraged and prompted by the Holy Spirit as well. This week marks the last installment of this series for now but it will most likely be back again! But before we move on, I am excited to dive into the heart of service!
Service is a big part of our life right? If you’re in school, then you probably have required service hours. If you are out in the work force then it may not be “required” but it’s definitely encouraged. The world seems to equate service as part of being a, “good person.” I’m not entirely sure what that means but, I do know service should be a marker of a Christian life.
“Do nothing from rivalry or conceit, but in humility count others more significant than yourselves. Let each of you look not only to his own interests, but also to the interests of others.”
What does it really mean to live that out? To ignore your own ways, wishes, or wants in favor of someone else’s? It sounds hard, right? This spring I’ve been working on being more selfless and I can for sure say that it isn’t the easiest of tasks. I have to constantly remind myself as I walk into situations or conversations to not make it about me. Sometimes that means just listening instead of talking. Sometimes it’s biting my tongue and not starting an argument. Sometimes it’s showing up when you would so rather be in bed.
Service is a biblical mandate. It remains a mandate even when it’s hard. It’s still a commandment even when no one says thank you. And they might not. One of my pastors reminded me that we cannot control how people respond to mercy but we still must extend it. Living for Christ is about how we live for Him not how others choose to respond to that. Part of being a Christian is relinquishing the “I wants,” for “He wants.” And that is good. So so good. Even when it’s hard. Even when we just don’t understand. Even when it looks like setting up chairs every week for church. Even when it’s putting yourself in uncomfortable situations. Maybe it’s hospitality. Maybe it’s leading a small group or taking the time to disciple someone.
Whatever your specific situation, service requires sacrificing your time and/or resources to enable community, gospel sharing, and mercy to be spread. So let’s talk about what this practically looks like. I see people in my life serving in a variety of areas from children’s ministry to leading worship to taking care of elderly parents. Moms serve all the time by taking care of their kiddos. Roommates serve each other by doing dishes that aren’t theirs or waking their roommate up when they oversleep. For me, I often serve by taking photos of different people or events. Sometimes it also looks like just listening to a friend when they need it.
How you serve isn’t so much a problem. You have lots of opportunities. Some are structured and with an organization but a lot pop up in the every day. As with hospitality and adventure, it’s less about what you do than how you do it. I challenge you to approach this week in a service mindset. Put other people above yourself. Serve and don’t look for a thank you and acknowledgment. If you get a thank you, then awesome! That’s great. But no matter the outcome, keep looking for every little way you can serve.
I know this isn’t easy. I have to work on this every day and remind myself of why we serve. But those difficulties are one of the beauties of Firecracker Heart. This is a space where you are welcome to talk and seek help. I also want to encourage you that the Lord is good to work in our lives. In my experience, more often than not, joy comes from fruitful service. Look for His blessings. I promise they are they if you take the time to notice them! So please leave a comment below or shoot me an email about how this looks in your life and how your week goes. I would love to foster community through this space and hear from you!