You know that Sunday feeling, right?

We leave church inspired and filled with Truth and encouragement on Sundays … and somewhere along the course of the week, pieces of the message tend to fade and we often lose that Sunday feeling.

The Monday After {the Sunday Sermon} carries the Sunday message into Monday mornings by sharing how what we’ve heard on Sunday morning is making a difference in our Mondays, our weeks, our lives. Because of your generosity to Accelerate, we are able to share these stories! Thank you!

The Monday After Sunday, September 30, 2013: Fully Devoted: Serving Others, part one

By Anita Everly

There is a book on my reading list called Love Does.  The title alone swirls around in my head and reminds me that God is love and He was the truest servant.
He “did” love–a lot.  And we are to “do love” also.
But serving others in the world can seem like a daunting assignment, can’t it?
God, however, promises that He has equipped us for the task.
I Peter 4:10-11 commands and promises this:  “Each one should use whatever gift he has received to serve others, faithfully administering God’s grace in its various forms. If anyone serves, he should do it with all the strength God provides, so that in all things God may be praised through Jesus Christ.”
Each one of us is designed with gifts that suit Kingdom work in service to others.  This passage assures that we can serve “with all the strength God provides.”  He’s already provided all we need to be a servant.
Jesus Christ himself was our ultimate example of a servant.  Our Messiah who washed the disciples’ feet, fed the hungry and healed the sick said, “’For even the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve and to give his life a ransom for many.’” Mark 10:45.
Sometimes in our independent culture we assume that no one wants or needs help.  We tend to say, “I’m good” or “I’ve got it.”  However, we might need to press into that second greatest commandment from Jesus: “Love your neighbor as yourselves.”  Most people gain much from having people who will walk alongside them, invest in a relationship.  As Tom O’Brien echoed from Scripture, we must first pray everyday.  God will lead us to the people and ways we are to serve.  There will be no shortage.
And then we “do” love.
Loving others in action can be as simple as asking how someone is doing and really listening.  Taking over a meal for no reason at all.  Sharing a garden bounty.  Offering to help with a home project.
photo-14These acts of service done with an authentic love may seem so counter-cultural that some may wonder why.  But, they also will provide us opportunities to share Jesus and to explain it is because of the overflowing love of Christ in us that it pours out onto others.
How does this walking alongside others and “doing love” relate to serving the world?  You never know when someone close to home that you have invested in may go to lands beyond, or you may go when called short-term or long-term, or even in retirement like Colin Carroll.
In other ways we can be part of serving the world by supporting missionaries.  I love how Tom O’Brien encouraged us in each of our homes to make world missions close to our family.  We can all choose a missionary family or a people group to pray for, support, learn more about and even possibly visit. There are so many missionaries in our Immanuel family alone to be praying for and supporting.
There are also Christian organizations that support the lives and ministries of Christians abroad.  Immanuel’s World Outreach Team actively supports both the anti-human trafficking in India and Haute-Savanette church/school in Haiti through Bright Hope.  In addition, Operation Christmas Child is happening now, preparing to pack boxes of love and the hope of Christ to send to children around the world.  Again, anyone can pray for these ministries and there are numerous ways to physically help as well.
There really are no limits to our abilities in Christ to serve in love those close to home and out into the world.  He has already set the example and promised us the strength and equipping to do so.  We have a big God who can help us serve a big world.

Anita Everly is the wife of David and mom to their three sons.  She can be found watching the lives of her men unfold, creating a home, and encouraging other women in life and motherhood.  She is striving to live life on purpose because she is crazy in love with the One who is crazy in love with her.

 

One thought on “The Monday After: Fully Devoted: Serving Others, part one {Anita}

  1. Anita, thanks for this reminder to “do” love instead of just saying we love .. reminds me of 1 John 3:18:” let’s not merely say that we love each other; let us show the truth by our actions. Our actions will show that we belong to the truth, so we will be confident when we stand before God.”

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