Service with a smile. Does it just happen naturally or is it impacted by the adults and peers we choose to have a great influence in our life? Ask yourself this question and I believe it will answer the 1st question. Do your great influencers "consistently serve others or only seek to serve themselves?"
In Acts Chapter 8 we find Philip with "a successful preaching ministry to great crowds in Samaria." After an angel of the Lord tells him to go to a desert road, he finds an Ethiopian man reading out loud about the prophet Isaiah in his chariot. Philip caught up with the chariot and asked the man "Do you understand what you're reading?" The man said "How can I, unless someone guides me?" Philip proceeded to join the man in his chariot and "proceeded to tell him the good news about Jesus."
Philip had a heart to serve and be obedient. Just look at the impact of him sharing the good news with the Ethiopian eunuch:
1) "Ethiopia was opened up to the gospel"
2) "This man's conversion brought Christianity into the power structures of another government" (Remember, he was in charge of the treasury in Ethiopia)
3) "This is the beginning of the witness "to the ends of the earth""
Surrounding ourselves with those that serve others' and being willing to serve will lead to immeasurable blessings in others' lives as well as your own.
"He has saved us and called us to a holy life - not because of anything we have done but because of his own purpose and grace. This grace was given us in Christ Jesus before the beginning of time" (2 Timothy 1:9)
"Instead of sitting around wishing for talents you don't have, spend your time serving God and others with the gifts you do possess" (HCSB)
"just as the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give His life a ransom for many ” (Matthew 20:28)
Have a great weekend!
-Miguel R. Viera
Executive Director at Family Ministries of America
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