Galatians 5:13-14 ~
You, my brothers and sisters, were called to be free. But do not use your freedom to indulge the flesh[; rather, serve one another humbly in love. For the entire law is fulfilled in keeping this one command: “Love your neighbor as yourself.”
When you hear the word “serve,” what first comes to mind? Do you think of bringing food to someone in need? Spending time with a relative? Helping a neighbor? There are many ways to serve, but in Galatians 5:13-14, the apostle Paul gets to the root of what serving is really all about. He reminds all believers that the freedom we experience in Christ is meant to be shared through serving one another. So, the heart of a servant is fueled by an outpouring of love for what Christ has already done. Our response is to model the love of God through serving one another. Serving is a very real component of worship. Serving the body of Christ is an expression of love to God. Paul reminds us how loving our neighbor fulfills the law. So, the very purposes of God are exemplified in our service to one another. Remember how Jesus said He came to fulfill the law? Jesus understood serving played a vital role in His calling. Matthew 20:28 reminds us Jesus came to serve, not to be served, and freely gave His life as a ransom for many. Is there any greater reason to serve others? Pray, thanking God for His willing sacrifice for you. Take time today to intentionally reflect the servant heart of Jesus as you walk in His ways.