Intentional gratitude is always top-of-mind this time of year, with Thanksgiving quickly approaching. With the hustle and bustle of life, it’s often easy to forget that expressing gratitude applies to all seasons of our lives. As believers, we are called to be grateful in all situations and to live with the joy of the Lord.
A servant’s heart is selfless and gives freely, despite a culture that encourages pride and selfishness.
The Lord served us through His Son’s sacrificial love, and it is natural that we would serve Him through faith in return. He sent His only Son to earth to live a perfect life and die for our sins. His everlasting love for us overflowed in service so that we could live eternally with Him.
For even the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give His life a ransom for many.
Our Savior, our Rescuer, our King and our Father, came to serve His people. How can we best live out of the love He has for us?
In Matthew 20, Jesus tells us that the last will be first, and the first will be last. We can show those around us the love of God by choosing to put other people before ourselves.
God’s gracious sacrifice for our benefit leads us to give back to His Kingdom. Freedom in Christ does not mean that we are free to act with our own interests in mind. Rather, we should live to serve others so that we show His love to everyone around us, even the people who can be difficult to love.
For you were called to freedom, brethren; only do not turn your freedom into an opportunity for the flesh, but through love serve one another.
The Lord calls us not to act out of selfish ambition but to act out of an overflow of love from Christ. God has given each of us different gifts and talents for us to use for His glory. We can serve people in unique ways based on these gifts.
The Bible tells us that as members of the church, we are the body of Christ. With God as the head, each of us works for His Kingdom in our own way. While we are not saved by our actions, we can use our gifts to bring honor to God and show the people around us His love.
As each one has received a special gift, employ it in serving one another as good stewards of the manifold grace of God.
1 Peter 4:10
You never know who needs the smallest act of kindness or how even a smile could make someone’s day better. Even if no one is watching, when you serve someone the Lord sees your heart, and that is what matters most.