“Excuse me, would you like a Life Book?” my daughter Joelle asked each person at our Trunk or Treat outreach last October.
My husband and I had received several boxes of Life Books (a book that shares the Gospel). As we were setting up for our Trunk or Treat at our church both girls asked, “How can I help?” At first I had them helping pass out candy but as a little time passed, our oldest grabbed the Life Books and was running up to each person passing our vehicle. “Here’s a life book.” No one refused her as she stuck them inside each child’s bag or gave them to grown adults. She did this with such a compassionate heart. If anyone asked, “What is a Life Book?” She would tell them, “It is a book about Jesus!” She and her sister reached out to those around them with such a heart of tenderness, not because anyone asked them to, but because I truly believe they are understanding what it means to serve with a heart for people like Christ would.
Matthew 20:28 says, “The Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve.” This night I had the honor of watching my girls make not only my husband, myself and everyone with us smile but especially make God smile in the way that they were serving others. This night reminded me that this wasn’t just another event. This was an opportunity to slow down and to watch God move in people’s lives as they received a book about the Gospel and opportunity to see God using my family to reach others. The disciples were reminded what it meant to be humble and to serve others by Jesus in John when they were asking who was the greatest among them. Jesus reminded them that the first would be last and the last would be first. Meaning they needed to humble themselves, serve those around them, and be humble when they were serving others. That area may be volunteering at your local church or just simply being a better example to those around us. Whatever that area might be, if we look at our lives, how are we exemplifying what it means to serve others to those around us? When it comes to our relationships in our lives, how are we doing at serving others humbly? In today’s culture, the world wants us to focus on ourselves and take care of us first. My challenge for each of us is to be checking our hearts for the attitude in which we are serving.
Jesus, I pray that you touch each heart that reads this article, that it will encourage them. Thank you for reminding me to always check my heart when I am serving others no matter where I am, reminding me to be serving others humbly. Not so that anyone will think better of us than others, but that we will be exemplifying you Jesus, being a light to those around us and the world and making a difference in the communities that we live for you God. In Jesus Name, Amen.