NOT WITHOUT SERVING
by Jen Yarbrough
Read: Matthew 25:34-40
I’ll never forget the time my husband and I both secretly purchased tickets for the same show to go see the band who plays “our song”. When we discovered what we had done we were pleasantly surprised and also dismayed because money was a bit tight at the time. But that moment has always been one we look back on with fondness because it was a clear display of our love for each other. Have you heard of the story “The Gift of the Magi”? For Christmas, the husband sells his watch to buy his wife hair combs, and she sells her hair to buy him a watch chain. My story isn’t quite the same, but the foundation is similar: sacrificial generosity is birthed out of love for someone.
SomeOne loves you more than you’ll ever be able to fully grasp. SomeOne values you beyond what you’re able to comprehend. But our lack of full understanding doesn’t mean it isn’t true. God loves us, and once we grasp even just a glimpse of that love, we’re never the same. Our hearts will overflow, and out of that abundance generosity pours out for the Giver of Love. We feel we have to do something in return, anything, to express our love and gratitude.
God tells us we love and serve Him when we love and serve others. This Saturday and Sunday is our annual Serve Day weekend, where we go out into the community to share the love of Christ through our actions. We’ll be worshipping Him—expressing gratitude—even though we won’t be in the church building. We’ll be unleashing generosity in our community as we love and serve Him together.