“Let each of you look not only to his own interests, but also to the interests of others. Have this mind among yourselves, which is yours in Christ Jesus.” Philippians 2:4-5
Many people will be extra kind this Christmas season. Many will give more. Many will serve others, but mostly in the name of karma or just because it feels good. Many will think they’ve done their good deed by going the extra mile in December, forgetting about those in need during the months after. But as Christians, we’re told in the Bible to serve others and not ourselves, constantly, not just one time, not just during one season, all the time.
Serving others doesn’t mean just monetarily, although monetary service is good, but so is physical service, whether it be working with an organization or asking your elderly neighbor if they need help with anything. Serving doesn’t require money. It just requires time and a heart for others.
When you serve on a regular basis, not just during the Christmas season, you will stand out to those around you. They will question why you do what you do, knowing it can’t be attributed to the popular feelings of brotherly love during the Christmas season. They will want to know more. And this is good, because we need to stand out from the unbelievers who do good simply because they feel like it, because their goodness has nothing to offer to the rest of the world. There’s no hope in that for the world. When we serve, we can offer hope to others.
Think of some ways you can help serve others out, not just at Christmas time, but on a regular basis. Make time to serve. This is how can be a witness to others, through serving. Make them want to know why you do what you do so you can share the Gospel with them.
Dear Lord, thank you so much for sending your Son to die on the cross for our sins. Because of that we have eternal peace with You; let me share this with others as I serve others. Amen.
Make a plan. Decide how many times a month you will set aside time to perform a service project and decide on what. Perhaps you want to volunteer with an organization. Perhaps you want to visit the widows in your church. Whatever you do, create a reasonable plan for yourself, start off slow, and stick with it!