Life in Service

Romans 12:3-10 (ESV)

For by the grace given to me I say to everyone among you not to think of himself more highly than he ought to think, but to think with sober judgment, each according to the measure of faith that God has assigned. For as in one body we have many members, and the members do not all have the same function, so we, though many, are one body in Christ, and individually members one of another. Having gifts that differ according to the grace given to us, let us use them: if prophecy, in proportion to our faith; if service, in our serving; the one who teaches, in his teaching; the one who exhorts, in his exhortation; the one who contributes, in generosity; the one who leads, with zeal; the one who does acts of mercy, with cheerfulness. Let love be genuine. Abhor what is evil; hold fast to what is good. Love one another with brotherly affection. Outdo one another in showing honor.

Do not think more highly of yourself than you should... Was this written by Paul specifically for me? Yes, I am certain of that. And for you too. We all have a tendency to think more highly of ourselves than we should.

Having the proper balance in our focus on ourselves is always tricky. We should live in such a way that God’s Love and Mercy shows through. We should not seek the approval of others, yet live in such a way that they will give it. We need to be cognizant of the needs of others, and live in service that we may follow Jesus' example of service to others.

The approval that is most important is that we please the Lord and Master. It is, after all, the goal of this life, to please God and to serve Him by serving our fellow man.

As we go from the week, to the weekend, let us consider how we may serve others, either this weekend, or make plans to do something extra for someone else next week.

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