LOVE IN ANY LANGUAGE...
... Are a life of service and a successful
career mutually exclusive?
Anxiety. Pain. Brokenness. These are just some results of sin that we see every day. Everyone experiences things that were not in the original plan for our lives. At times like these, doubt easily fills our minds as we look at the world, but what is our role, our mission, and most importantly, our responsibility here?
When Christ was on
Earth, He made it clear that He was here to serve (See Mark 10:42-45). If He is to be our Great Example, should
service not also be our purpose here on this planet? Is it not our duty to ease
for others the results of sin?
There’s only so much you can express in the beginning, but as time went on, it became much easier."
LIKE A SECOND LANGUAGE...
I recently returned
from a two-year stay in the beautiful country of Austria. I figured it would be a good idea to go and
learn German there - a language I’ve always wanted to learn. After arriving, and as time went by, I found
that the best way to learn German was to fully immerse myself in the language
by speaking with others around me, reading and writing for practice. At first it was difficult. There’s only so much you can express in the
beginning, but as time went on, it became much easier. I even started thinking in German! When it was time to go home and resume
speaking and thinking in English, it was difficult!
That’s how it
should be with us and service. We cannot
forget that we were placed here on this earth to serve, to be Christ’s hands and
love Him is to love others, and to love others is to serve.
What does it mean
to serve? Does it simply mean going to the soup kitchen every week, singing at
nursing homes, or going on annual mission trips? Well, sure, but it goes a lot
deeper than that. Service is one way in which God reaches others through
us. Service could be as simple as
telling someone that Jesus loves them!
As stewards, we are
the managers of what Christ has given us, and our service to others is part of
our duty. To serve should be such a
natural part of us, that we don’t even have to think about it. Being fully
immersed and engaged in acts of service is the best way for that to happen. We
serve others not just physically, but spiritually and mentally as well.
“Christ gave no
stinted service,” writes Ellen White, “He did not measure His work by hours.
His time, His heart, His soul and strength, were given to labor for the benefit
of humanity. Through weary days He toiled, and through long nights He bent in prayer
for grace and endurance that He might do a larger work. With strong crying and
tears He sent His petitions to heaven, that His human nature might be
strengthened, that He might be braced to meet the wily foe in all his deceptive
workings, and fortified to fulfill His missions of uplifting humanity. To His
workers He says, "I have given you an example, that ye should do as I have
done." John 13:15.” (Ministry of Healing, p.500)
It seems rather
difficult at times, this idea of serving others, especially when we’re not sure
how, but it’s important to remember the very root of it all. Christ bids us “serve,” and when Christ is at
the centre of our lives and all we do, there is nothing sweeter than heeding
His words. Only out of love for our Saviour can we truly serve others as He
would want us to. And only then will
we hear His loving words, “Well done, good and faithful servant! (Matt. 25:13).