TO SERVE IS TO BLESS
Here are some ways you can serve people:
Make a list of the opportunities you have to serve the 3-5 people in your life you are praying for. Which act of service will you do this week? How can you fit that act into your schedule? What do you need to eliminate from your life in order to serve others in love?
Some ways to serve the people in your life who do not know God
Serve through small acts of kindness.
Volunteer to take care of a tangible need (cook a meal, babysit, shovel snow, etc.)
Make their birthday special.
Send a greeting card.
Offer to help with their kids to give them a night out, to run errands or to rest.
Join a community service project with someone who is journeying toward God.
Offer to pray.
Keep them company.
Give or lend something.
Don’t miss the big needs – Births, deaths, trials, sickness, and more.
When you Listen to people and Eat with them, they will tell you how to love them.
Ways to allow others to reciprocate and in turn serve you
Accept invitations (dinner, parties, etc.) and offers of help.
Share your needs with your neighbors openly.
Be generous with your gratitude.
ONLINE ARTICLE- MARTIN LUTHER'S PERSPECTIVE ON SERVING THE NEIGHBOR by Gene Veith
The call to bless our neighbor is nothing new. Read this online article to hear from Martin Luther and his understanding of the vocation to serve our neighbor.
RECOMMENDED READING (BOOK) - THE WORLD IS NOT OURS TO SAVE: FINDING THE FREEDOM TO DO GOOD By Tyler Wigg-Stevenson
We want to save the world―and we have a dizzying array of worthy causes to pursue. But passionate enthusiasm can quickly give way to disillusionment, compassion fatigue, or empty slacktivism―and liking Facebook pages only goes so far. Veteran activist Tyler Wigg-Stevenson identifies the practical and spiritual pitfalls that threaten much of today’s cause-driven Christianity. He casts an alternate vision for doing good based on the liberating truth that only God can save the world. Wigg-Stevenson’s own pilgrimage from causes to calling shows how to ground an enduring, kingdom-oriented activism in the stillness of vocation rather than in the anxiety of the world’s brokenness. The world is not ours to save. And that’s okay. Discover why.