But to Serve

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But it shall not be so among you. But whoever would be great among you must be your servant, and whoever would be first among you must be slave of all. For even the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many. Mark 10:43-45

There’s a famous quote from John F. Kennedy that goes, “Ask not what your country can do for you, but what you can do for your country.” 

I think the same sentiment can apply to many aspects of life. Let’s look, for example, at how you view your church. How often do you go to church looking to get something out of the service? Or have you ever said or heard “The music didn’t really do anything for me today.” Or “The sermon wasn’t very good, and I didn’t learn anything from it this week.” That is asking what church can do for you.

What if you went to church every Sunday asking how you could serve your church family? It doesn’t have to mean be huge, but maybe you can volunteer with younger kids once a month, get to know a new kid in youth group, encourage someone or look for little opportunities to help out by holding the door for an elderly church member, helping to carry something, or clean up a bit of trash or something that’s out of place. 

Be on the lookout for ways to serve the people at your church over the next few Sundays! 

Dig Deeper

You can apply this concept much more broadly: “Ask not what God can do for you, but what you can do for God.” As you pray, read your Bible, make plans for the future how would things change if you viewed life through this perspective? 
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