"Now before the Feast of the Passover, when Jesus knew that his hour had come to depart out of this world to the Father, having loved his own who were in the world, he loved them to the end."
What does it mean to be a True Servant? On Sunday we began looking at Jesus' last meal with His disciples, and found that True Service is, as Pastor Russ said, "Love with legs on it." Jesus loved us with a "Never Stopping, Never Giving Up, Un-breaking, Always and Forever Love" that took Him to the cross, and then called us to love others in the same way by serving them.
So Pastor Russ, at the end of his sermon this week, gave us a lil' homework to practice "Love with legs on it".
A Surprise Act of Service
1. Pick someone you love. This can be a family member, a co-worker, a neighbor, or even a brother or sister at church. But pick someone that you love and would enjoy surprising.
2. Study them for a while. What's a need they have, that you could meet? What's something you could do that would bless them? Or what could you do to simply make them smile? If you're having trouble figuring it out, just ask them or someone else who knows them.
3. Surprise them with an act of service. Once you know your person and what they would appreciate, surprise them with it! Have some fun loving that person in a practical way, and make sure they know you love them.
A Secret Act of Service
1. Pick someone you struggle to like. Often times serving someone is how Jesus changes our hearts towards them. So pick someone that's hard for you to love.
- NOTE: It would probably be best to pick someone who DID NOT here the sermon or read this blog post. That way they're not left wondering "Who doesn't like me?"
2. Study them for a while. The same way you'd study and friend or loved one to give them a gift they'd like, figure out what this person needs or would really enjoy receiving.
3. Secretly serve them. This might require you to conspire with someone else to help you pull it off, but find a way to serve them without them finding out.
As Pastor Russ mentioned on Sunday, service is a gift. Jesus has given us a chance to begin living right-side-up in the middle of this upside-down world, by loving others like He loved us. So let's walk out that love.