Spiritual discipline of serving others


Definition of serving: Where we show love and kindness to everyone even to those who do not treat us well. We should use every opportunity to serve others. Our motivation should come from a love for God and others and our desire to be more like Jesus.

(John 13:4-5) ”so he got up from the meal, took off his outer clothing, and wrapped a towel around his waist. After that, he poured water into a basin and began to wash his disciples’ feet, drying them with the towel that was wrapped around him.”

Serving should be something that brings us joy! Serving is the easiest discipline to practice.

  • Praying for others is a way to serve. (Matt. 18:20) “For where two or three gather in my name, there am I with them.”

 

  • Show others that you care about them. (Gal. 6:2) “Carry each other’s burdens, and in this way, you will fulfil the law of Christ.”

 

  • Advise people on what they can do for themselves, or what others can do for them. (Matt. 28:19) “Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.

 

  • Several careers have traditionally been associated with service. (Matt. 5:41) “If anyone forces you to go one mile, go with them two miles.

 

John Wesley advice how to serve others:

  • Do all the good you can,
  • By all the means you can,
  • In all the ways you can,
  • In all the places you can,
  • At all the times you can,
  • To all the people you can,
  • As long as ever you can.

 

The next blog: The Spiritual Discipline of worship