Why we must answer to the call of God upon our lives
‘I’m gonna make a change, for once in my life, it’s gonna feel real good, gonna make a difference, gonna make it right, as I turn up the collar on my favorite winter coat, this wind is blowing my mind, I see the kids in the street, with not enough to eat, who am I to be blind, pretending not to see their needs, a summers disregard, a broken bottle top, and one man’s soul, they follow each other on the wind you know, cause they got nowhere to go, that’s why I want you to know, I’m starting with the man in the mirror, I’m asking him to change his ways.’
I don’t know if the artists of these days make solid statements with their songs. Man in the mirror by the legendary Michael Jackson is a powerful song and will be relevant forever because it talks about helping people, leaving the world better off than you found it, and all of this would happen if you start with yourself. I have been thinking a lot about service lately. My desire to give back to my community grows exponentially every day. I see a need in the eyes of humanity to be truly loved, validated and provided for. The kids who run up to my car for possible food, to the adults whose eyes are full of regrets. People are looking for who can rescue and take them to a better place.
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Jesus speaking to His disciples in the book of Matthew 20:28, expressed to them that there is greatness in service. He came to serve humanity, which is why they did not understand it when he washed their feet. He advised that whoever wanted to be great, had to be a servant first. Sometimes we might be wondering why we have to serve certain people or work in a specific department where we are not recognized. One thing we have to realize in that season of our life is that God is preparing us for where He is taking us. We have to learn how to be humble.
Another thing I found in the bible that struck a chord with me one day was this quote—"David after he served his generation, went to rest with his fathers." I was blown away by that statement. It said served and not ruled. He was a king for a purpose, he didn't lord his position over Israel. He sought wise counsel when he needed it, and cried out to God for help when he needed to. He worked alongside the people that were on his team, to bring the vision God had for Israel to life. Wherever he stopped, his son Solomon then took over, David left him a legacy. That is the same thing God is requiring from Christians today which is service. He has a unique call on each of our lives, and He wants us to bring His vision to life, in the areas He has called us to. And also to leave a legacy behind for generations to come.
Most times, we mistake greatness for something extraordinary happening to us. Maybe we invented something that no one has seen before, or we discovered the 8th wonder of the world. But to God, greatness means merely service. Are you helping out where you are? Are you being honorable and respectful to your boss? Even if they drive you crazy. Are you serving in a department at a church where everyone is running away from? Are you caring for the people around you who can't care for themselves? Or are you working hard to bring a vision to life, so you can cater to more people? God is watching our every move to see if we are doing the things He has called us to.
I remember when I used to work in the kid's department at my old church, how I was spread so thin. Whenever someone canceled, I was the one they called. Whenever there was an exceptional service going on, I was the one they scheduled to work those days, even if I wanted to be in church. Some days, I would want to quit or cry, because I was sick of changing diapers, or the children being rude to me, and then God's word will come up to me in different ways. It might be through an old woman, who sees a black girl with an accent, with two little white kids, and says to me—God bless you for what you are doing, the job you are doing is a significant one.
Or while I am changing a child’s diaper, and she says to me ‘thank you miss Evi.’ maybe on TV, while vegetales is on for the children, and a character on the show quotes Colossians 3:23—‘And whatever you do, do it heartily to the Lord and not to men.' And then all my frustration diffuses because I know that my God is seeing everything that I am doing, and I am ultimately doing it for Him. That is why it was tough for me to quit. Because me serving others, was me ultimately serving Christ.
‘I will tell you the truth, whenever you did one of these things (fed the needy, gave room to the homeless, clothed those who needed it, visited those in the hospital and in prison) to someone overlooked or ignored, that was me; you did it to me.’ Jesus
This above quote is everything! You can just see the heart of the Father. So when people get mad and upset about the things that are happening around the world, the extreme poverty, and all the atrocities going on, and they seem to blame God; Because they feel like if He is this great and mighty God, as we portray Him to be, then why can’t He snap His fingers and everyone who is plagued by poverty or difficulty, be lifted out of it?
My response to them is usually; why haven’t you as a person done anything about poverty if it bothers you so much? For you to be hurting this bad about it, then there is a call upon your life, to help people. And also God has called a lot of people to help those in need, but not everyone is obedient to that call. If you are a believer and have read the bible, you can see clearly that God has a heart for the poor and displaced people.
For example, when the rich young ruler came to Jesus, he asked that the ruler sell all his possession and give it to the poor, and follow him. But the man refused. That means there are still people ignoring God to this day. That is why I am passionate about organizations that are doing their part, to fight to give people a better life. And also the churches, that go out there and are really supportive of communities of people, who are not often accounted for or are overlooked. That is the life God has called every believer to live, a life of service; an experience to love our neighbors as we love ourselves.
Jesus was one person, but He accomplished so many things here on earth within 33 years of His life (if the theologians are correct) and went on to say, that we can even do greater works than He did. So imagine how much more we could accomplish, as a body of believers, if everyone stood up and took their place. There is no excuse. If you are serious about it, God will open the right doors for you to be of service.
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If you recognize a need, ask how you can be of service. Volunteer with other organizations and churches to help those in need. Work hard so you can have plenty left over to share with others. Learn to put a smile on people's faces wherever you go. Pay attention to the people, who are reaching out to you and asking for help. I know you can't help everyone, but you can help someone. And if we help someone, we can empower them to help others, it is a ripple effect. Don’t be so wrapped up in your head about your own life, that you fail to see what is going on around you. You were created for so much more, you were created for service, and you were created for greatness.
Hope you enjoyed this inspirational article, which is a call to service. Add to the conversation, what does service mean to you? Remember to comment below.