Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Don't you think someone out there needs your service?

What is it in serving others that makes us feel good? The life of
Jesus on earth was such a life of service. From the earliest days of
His ministry right up until the end, He was serving humanity. In fact,
according to the Bible, He is still serving us today ( Heb. 2:17, 18).

We each have been created with specific spiritual gifts for service
(Rom. 12:4–8; 1 Cor. 12:1–5; Eph. 4:8–11) As we have seen, as human
beings, we were made to love others, as Jesus loved. And when we do
this, we simply do not benefit others. We benefit ourselves, as well.

Think for a moment how good you feel when you reach out and help
others, when you selflessly give of yourself with no intention of
getting anything back for yourself. Something inside us is touched.
There is a sense of well-being; we get a satisfaction that, really,
nothing else can match. And that is
because, by giving of ourselves, we are living as we were meant to
live. We are doing what we were originally created to do.

As we have seen, a positive mental outlook on life can have a positive
impact on us physically, as well. Our body reacts better when we feel
positive, happy, and
fulfilled. No wonder, then, that scientific studies have shown
positive medical benefits that arise from doing good for others. It
makes perfect sense: by helpings others, we feel better, and when we
feel better, our physical being is improved. What a perfect
combination!

"You, brothers, were
called to be free. But do not use your freedom to indulge the sinful
nature; rather, serve one another in love" (Gal.
5:13, NIV). What does it mean to serve one
another in love?

Think of someone whom you can "serve in love" and do it, even if it
takes self-denial on your part.
After all, there is no question—Someone out there needs you.

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