Andy Murray knows how to serve. So do members of the Armed Forces, and Silver Service waiters. But service can all too easily become slavery, so we need to be careful about how we use this kind of language. Christian ‘lives of service’ do not mean we are brow-beaten, inferior or held captive – rather that we are captivated by the beauty of God and the wonder of being called into His mission towards the world He ‘loves so much’.
Texts and Questions:
- What does the ‘Lord your God’ require of His people Israel?
- How might we ‘serve the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul’?
- What are the ‘other gods’ we are tempted to serve?
1 Peter 4. 10–11
- What gifts has God given you which can be used in the service of others?
Challenge: Each day this week, go out of your way to serve somebody who isn’t expecting it, and see what happens!
Prayer: Jesus Christ, our Servant King, give me grace to serve others with generosity and compassion, and help me to discover that perfect freedom that comes from devoting my life to your service. Amen.