In the Christian sense service is an attitude of heart and it’s also an expectation: “our attitude should he same as that of Christ Jesus, who, being in very nature God…..took the very nature of a servant…he humbled himself and became obedient to death as a criminal.” Phillipians: 2:5-8.

 Jesus said “ For I have come down from heaven to do my will but to do the will of him who sent me.” John 6:38.

 Ephesians 2:10, “ for we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.”

When we grasp this truth we can accept who we are and that our wonderful Creator God can work through us using our own peculiar personality, gifts, upbringing, training, qualifications, failures and imperfections. That is pretty awesome!

So I guess service can be summed up in Jesus’ words:  “love the Lord your God with all your heart, soul and mind and your neighbour as yourself.”

As service is relational perhaps then whether it’s serving our neighbour next door or in another country – it’s not so much about what we can contribute, but about how God is being revealed through the process.

Perhaps the call to love our neighbour, right here, right now, is really just a call to be reshaped into the image of Christ.

What will you give God this week?

From the Missionary Committee