Focal Passages: Galatians 5:13-15; 6:1-5, 10
So much of the Kingdom of God is upside down – contrary to what the world would have us believe. Bombarded by messages of “self-care,” “self-help,” and advice about leaving behind what doesn’t serve us can cause us to miss the gospel.
The truth is, that God chose to be a servant. By this, He showed us how we should care for one another.
In this upside-down kingdom, we are called to be servants. This is how we demonstrate love. In this way, love becomes tangible and is lived out as we seek the good of another. Love ceases to be just an idea or a feeling, but is demonstrated with our actions. Loving someone means that you seek to show them that love by giving of yourself for their benefit.
Scripture calls us to carry one another’s burdens. Everyone faces their own difficulty and temptations as we seek to follow the Lord. Knowing that our brothers and sisters are each individually accountable to God should spur us on to keep each other on the right track. God is pleased when we take personally the holiness of another.
Service is not just something we do sporadically or when it benefits us. In fact, we are to take every opportunity to serve one another. Instead of waiting for a crisis or for a need to arise, we should be proactive in seeking ways to be a servant. As we seek to serve in our relationships, we will see God strengthening us and those with whom we are in relationship.