“Hey, thank you for doing that earlier. I really appreciated it.”
These are the words pretty much anyone wants to hear, but being newly married and coming from my wife, they meant a lot to me. The funny thing was that I wasn’t even trying to be particularly helpful, I just knew that I was going to need to eat and need something clean to eat off of and that I’d have to do the dishes to make that happen. But since I found out that doing dishes was a way I could bless my wife, I’ve made it a goal to do them as soon as I can. Not out of obligation, but because I love her and love serving her.
It got me thinking about how our actions affect those around us. How, somewhat selfishly at first, deciding to do the dishes resulted in making someone’s day brighter and conveyed love. If I can accidentally be a blessing, how much more can I serve others around me by going just a little more out of my way? How much more can I represent Jesus, who went far far out of his way just for us?
We especially as believers are commanded to live like this:
John 13:34-35 “A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.”
To love one another as Christ loved his disciples is far more than just sharing a meal and being friendly. This kind of love is servitude. It is unconditional, regardless of differences or disputes. It is active, it seeks out ways to serve. It is sincere, it comes from a sense of compassion rather than obligation. It is selfless, it gives without seeking gain or benefit besides the benefit of others.
I know it isn’t a natural life pattern to love like this, especially when you may not gain from it. But we don’t rely on sheer willpower or peer pressure to treat people nicely. We as Christians have been given the Holy Spirit of God dwelling within us to empower us and to give us insight into how to love like Jesus did to his disciples.
I encourage you to find a way to serve someone whether they realize you did it or not. Look for a need and meet it for someone so that they will be blessed. The goal isn’t to be seen but to serve. It will give you more perspective into how Christ sees us and into what our calling is.
Have a good week!