The past two weeks have been very challenging, good, but challenging. We just finished another soccer camp as an outreach to our community. We had a good group of kids come to learn some valuable soccer skills, which made it meaningful for them and a blessing for us. But it was still very challenging. As you can imagine, there is a lot of preparation and time consumed by all the details. We want to offer something that is beneficial to the community and not just time consuming.
As wonderful as soccer camp was, it came just before twenty leaders and young adults left for Puerto Rico to help with the rebuilding process after the terrible hurricane tore through the island. That was also wonderful, but not without challenges. When we arrived at the place we would be living for a week, we learned there was no A/C. No problem, we thought, they have fans. They did have fans, but they were consumed by the folks who arrived first. Secondly, there was no hand sanitizer and even worse, no bottled water. So, we had to make some things happen to service the time on the Island. Did I mention the temperature? It was regularly in the nineties. But all in all, we made it through. And I think the homeowners were blessed.
It just so happened that my birthday fell on this same week, so I was out in the heat, cleaning a huge mess in a woman’s yard, when I could have been at home in the a/c, enjoying my birthday. But, God calls for His people to serve. In fact, serving others is part of the proof that we are truly born again. What we do for people does not save us for a life of eternity with Him, but it does reflect what changes have happened in our hearts.
My daughter texted me on my birthday and said, it is fitting with your character, that on your birthday you would be serving others. While I appreciate her love and sentiment, when I first read that, I was a little taken by it. Not in a bad way, but encouraged that God has helped me to see that our life for Him is to serve others, even when it’s not comfortable or even enjoyable at times. We serve because He first served us by coming to the earth, to give His life in service and even His life for our life. As you read the text of Scripture, you quickly learn, Jesus’ service to humanity was anything but easy and comfortable. So how can we, His children, live our lives in a lesser way.
Often we need to be reminded that God wants us to serve Him simply because of all He has done for us. Not as a repayment, but out of graciousness for His great kindness to us. How tragic it is when people want the blessings of God and His family, the church, but do not want to serve the family or Him. I hope you will make service to others a priority for your life. There are many opportunities to do so.