September 13, 2016

John 13:15-16

Oswald Chambers wrote: “The real test of a saint is not preaching the gospel, but washing disciples’ feet, that is, doing the things that do not count in the actual estimate of men but count everything in the estimate of God.” This quote is written in the front of my Bible to remind me that while spreading the gospel is paramount, the true test of how well I follow Christ is how well I serve others. To be honest, there are days I’d rather not. Some days serving doesn’t come naturally. And while serving is listed in the gifts described in Romans 12:6-8, it is an expectation of any follower of Christ. How would our lives change if we practiced this discipline? How would our families, our marriages, our church, and our corner of the world change if we considered serving an expectation—a discipline—not of drudgery but a tool in God’s hands to till the soil of our hearts and minds to know Christ? That said, who are you serving that can’t repay you? My prayer is that you and I will practice the discipline of service even on days we don’t feel like it. And when we do, we will see the face of Jesus.