Day 16 – 1/20/2020

How May I serve You?
“For even the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give His life a ransom for many.” — Mark 10:45  
“Each of you should use whatever gift you have received to serve others, as faithful stewards of God’s grace in its various forms.” —1 Peter 4: 10  
Thought for Today:   Do you have a heart to serve?   Mr. Truitt Cathy founded Chick-Fil-A as a Christian restaurant chain with desire to honor God and serve people. He made a vow to operate his restaurants Monday thru Saturday and to close on Sunday to honor God and to enable employees to worship in their local church. When purchasing food at Chick-Fil-A, customers are greeted by an associate who says “Welcome to Chick-fil-A, How may I serve you?” Following payment for the food, the order is filled by and associate that says, “Thank you, It’s my pleasure!” These greetings and customer service expressions are more than mere words. Chick-Fil-A intentionally trains each employee to serve customers with sincerity, honesty and integrity. Customers are very loyal and have made Chick-Fil-A one of the best restaurant chains in history.  
In daily life, it seems that many people want to be served, but few are willing to serve others. Serving other people takes time, can be challenging and is often inconvenient. Christian service must be given from a heart of love and desire to serve Christ. The result is a genuine act of kindness or labor that helps people to feel appreciated. Serving should be a labor of love for Christ’s sake. To please Him, you must serve with the right attitude.  
Jesus lived a life of service to others. The gospel tells us that “even the Son of Man” did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give His life a ransom for many” (Matthew 20:28). It further tells us “He went about doing good and healing all who were oppressed of the devil for God was with Him” (Acts 10:38). Our Savior, who performed miracles, healed the sick, raised the dead and gave His life for our sins, made himself a servant out of His great love for us. We are called to “serve others as faithful stewards” (1 Peter 4:10) following Christ’s heart, pattern and example. It is great to serve with a joyful spirit and a glad heart.  
Are you willing to serve with a renewed spirit by asking “How may I serve you?” And when your service is completed you can respond “It is my pleasure!” Keep in mind, by serving others well, you serve Christ well.  
It’s Time to Pray: Lord Jesus, thank you being the greatest servant who ever lived! I am your servant. Teach me to serve you and the people in my life with gladness and excellence. Be pleased with my attitude and my service…  Amen!

One Response to “Day 16 – 1/20/2020”

  1. Adrain Woods says:

    The story of Chick-Fil-A is a very good example of Christ like service in this modern world. It does not matter what part of the country you go to their standards remain the same all over the world. To that point, that is how our lives with Christ should be, a servant and model to the world.

    Thank you Pastor for labor of the word you have imparted into this 21 days of prayer and fasting.

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