Serving is Louder Than Words

We live in a land that is starving for shalom, for peace.  As followers of Jesus how do we step into this divisive culture and say anything meaningful? Who do we say anything meaningful to?
 
The best listeners will be people we have earned the right to speak to.  People we have listened to and maybe even served.  When we give a cup of water or otherwise serve another human being, it shares the concept that we care about them.  The old saying nobody cares how much you know until they know how much you care has never been more applicable.  Serving people brings down barriers.  It shows that we care about them when we are sharing the love of Jesus with them.
 
The greatest commandment is that we love the Lord our God with all of our heart and love our neighbors as our selves.  Loving our neighbors as ourselves requires us to step out of our selfishness and see the needs around us.  The first sentence in one of the bestselling Christian books of all time is "It’s not about you” (The Purpose Driven Life).  When we serve someone, when we meet a need, we visibly show that we care about them.  The message shared is louder than words.  The phrase attributed to Francis of Assisi, “preach the gospel at all times if necessary use words,” unites our sharing of God’s love while serving.  We may or may not have the opportunity to speak words but our actions may move someone a little farther down the road on the journey to faith.
 
I recently purchased a truck, something I have wanted to do for several years.  My first prayer is that God will use it to help others and share His love. I got a little notebook and put it in the glove compartment so I can record the answers to that prayer.  Praise God, I have three entries already.  I am convinced it is the small things we do that can make an impact.  We recently re-connected with an old neighbor who remembers the cup of hot chocolate my wife served her when she was locked out of the house as a child.  It doesn’t take much to make a difference. Remember, love is a verb.

by Fred Meserall
Fred and his wife Susan began attending Kingsway in June of 2014. They found Kingsway to be a place of refreshment and healing after their previous church experience. Fred is passionate about pursuing God, family, and lifegroups (including his current group which has been meeting continuously for 16 years). Fred and Susan absolutely love the fact that they, their two daughters and their husbands, and grandchildren all attend church together. Fred is a non-recovering “aquaholic” who enjoys spending as much time as possible at the beach, communing with God, working on his videoblog (aptly titled “Still at the Beach”), and all things surf and family.


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