On Bended Knee and Open Hearts, Serve Your Neighbor

Let us not love with words or speech but with action and in truth. 1 John 3:18

“One of the ways we serve God is by serving those in need. First John 3:16-18 encourages us to help others from the abundance of our own possessions. Serving helps us to be more like Jesus as we begin to love and see people as He does.” Cindy Hess Kasper

This verse reminds me of another from James 2: What good is it, my brothers, if someone says he has faith but does not have works? Can that faith save him?? If a brother or sister is poorly clothed and lacking in daily food, and one of you says to them, “Go in peace, be warmed and filled,” without giving them the things needed for the body, what good is that? So also faith by itself, if it does not have works, is dead” (14-17).

I often talk about belief in two manners. The first is understanding belief as something of an intellectual aspect. The statement: I believe in science, helps others know my belief. I may not understand science in many aspects and I may have trouble keeping up with the conversations on The Big Bang, but my belief is that there is a study of science which governs our world and helps us understand it better. I know and thus believe. This belief is an intellectual belief.

There is another belief however. This belief is a more foundational belief. To say, ‘I believe in gravity’ is an intellectual statement. The fact that I do not jump of high cliffs or out of airplanes helps me and you understand I completely believe gravity in a way that changes my behavior. When it comes to aspects of faith, we say we believe but when we’re faced with our spiritual cliffs or airplanes, we take a different approach then our faith demands we believe.

To say, “Christ is my all in all and He has given me all I will need in this life” is an intellectual statement. The question turns to my fundamental belief. Am I therefore generous with everything I have or am I stingy with my money or giving gifts to others? One might say the Lords pray and repeat, “Forgive us our sins as we forgive those who sin against us”. However, when it comes to quickly forgiving those who sin against us, are we willing to hold grudges for long periods of time?  Do we believe Christ has served us and gave His life up for us so we might give our lives for others? My question is, therefore do you serve your neighbors, coworkers and community members when the opportunity arises?

Do not have just an intellectual belief, but a foundational belief. Do not say to your friend, “Be well and well fed” if you are not going to serve him emotionally or physically. Let us not love with words or speech but with action and in truth. 1 John 3:18. Friends, our if we believe, let it show through our actions in our day to day lives!

Prayer of the Day: “Father, fill my heart with the willingness to help when I see a need. Help me to give joyfully and serve You with gratitude.”

Parkland Community Church:
We Exist to Develop People Who Love Jesus and Serve Others.

William Con

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