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Serve well - based on Romans 12:10

Romans 12:10
Live in true devotion to one another, loving each other as sisters and brothers. Be first to honor others by putting them first.

The culture challenges us to be numero uno. Number 1. We all want to get that promotion, tell others what to do, be the best at our ministry and have the best of whatever we covet.


This leaves no room for true devotion – for serving. In our quest to be number 1 or to stay in the game (whatever that may look like for you and this includes all who work in the Lord’s name), we resort to unloving/uncaring behaviors toward family, friends, coworkers and community. Everyone around us suffers when we withhold love, service and honor.

People and organizations suffer when we treat others with anything less than love.

I can’t think of anyone outside of my inner ministry circle who considers it a privilege to serve.

Serve is an unpopular word for most people I encounter.

But people who serve well light up a room. They light up work places, hospital rooms, halls of Government, corporate boards, nursing homes, schools/universities, ball parks, military barracks, homes and all places humans and animals gather.

Lately, it has escaped me as well.

Yet in my heart of hearts, serve is what God wants from me. I know that well.
But I stumble. I fail. I fall.

And, I thank the Lord for putting people in my life who challenge my idea of serve. Because it’s easy to think we have it all together.

The lesson: Be responsive when the Holy Spirit brings conviction to your spirit.

We can serve with humility just as our Lord served us while He walked as a human.

Don’t get too wrapped up in the works that you do for God that you don’t serve with a humble, joyful and loving heart.

Humility, joy and love should gush out from us.

It’s the river that brings life to those around us.




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