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A Heart for Service

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May 3, 2022 8:00 pm

A Heart for Service

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May 3, 2022 8:00 pm

A ministry in Carlsbad, New Mexico, supports their community by offering more than 24,000 pounds of free food each month to local residents. The leader of the ministry shared, “People can come here, and we will accept them and meet them right where they are. Our goal is . . . to meet their practical needs to get to their spiritual needs.” As believers in Christ, God desires for us to use what we’ve been given to bless others, drawing our communities closer to Him. How can we develop a heart for service that brings glory to God?

We develop a heart for service by asking God to show us how to use the gifts He’s given us to benefit others (1 Peter 4:10). In this way, we offer “many expressions of thanks to God” for the abundance He’s blessed us with (2 Corinthians 9:12). Serving others was an important part of Jesus’ ministry. When He healed the sick and fed the hungry, many were introduced to God’s goodness and love. By caring for our communities, we’re following His model of discipleship. God’s wisdom reminds us that when we demonstrate God’s love through our actions “others will praise God” (v. 13). Service isn’t about self-gratification but about showing others the extent of God’s love and the miraculous that ways He works through those who are called by His name.

 

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Welcome to today's encouragement from Our Daily Bread.

Our reading, titled A Heart for Service, was written by Kim Yaloder. A ministry in Carlsbad, New Mexico, supports their community by offering more than 24,000 pounds of free food each month to local residents. The leader of the ministry shared, people can come here and we will accept them and meet them right where they are. Our goal is to meet their practical needs to get to their spiritual needs. As believers in Christ, God desires for us to use what we've been given to bless others, drawing our communities closer to Him. How can we develop a heart for service that brings glory to God? We develop a heart for service by asking God to show us how to use the gifts He's given us to benefit others.

In this way, we offer many expressions of thanks to God for the abundance He's blessed us with. Serving others was an important part of Jesus' ministry. When He healed the sick and fed the hungry, many were introduced to God's goodness and love.

By caring for our communities, we're following His model of discipleship. God's wisdom reminds us that when we demonstrate God's love through our actions, others will praise God. Service isn't about self-gratification, but about showing others the extent of God's love and the miraculous ways He works through those who are called by His name.

Today's Our Daily Bread devotional scripture reading is from 2 Corinthians 9 verses 12 through 13. The service that you perform is not only supplying the needs of the Lord's people, but is also overflowing in many expressions of thanks to God. Because of the service by which you have proved yourselves, others will praise God for the obedience that accompanies your confession of the gospel of Christ and for your generosity in sharing with them and with everyone else.

Let's pray. Heavenly Father, we want to make a difference in people's lives. Open our hearts to others and their need, and help us to know how we can best serve them. May our acts of service to others be an act of praise and gratitude to you. Thank you, Lord. It's in Jesus' name we pray. Amen. Thanks for listening today. My name is Toni Collyer, and today's encouragement was provided by Our Daily Bread Ministries.
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