“For even the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many” (Mark 10:45).
My son, Ethan, is serving as a counselor this week at North Georgia Christian Camp. He texted me on Monday to tell me that two young men from Lanier (Beau & Owen) are on his team. I was glad to hear this. I told him how excited we were because Owen was baptized on Sunday. Then, I asked Ethan how camp was going. The answer he gave was unexpected: “It’s going great!” Honestly, I thought he was going to say, “It’s too hot!” But Ethan loves camp and he loves serving there, which makes my heart happy.
What about you? Where do you love serving? The past two weeks I have seen people in our church family serving with joy. Whether they were cooking steaks for our Ladies’ Banquet, teaching a children’s Sunday School class, or making breakfast for our middle and high school students, their willingness to serve was evident.
A friend in ministry told me several years ago that there’s nothing weirder than a Christian who doesn’t serve. He is right. Opportunities for serving will abound here at Lanier in the coming weeks. Let’s continue to be willing to step up and serve, knowing that when we do we are being like Jesus. If anyone had a right to be served, it was Him. Yet, he chose to serve others instead and to give His life away for us. May that knowledge encourage us to serve continually in His name.