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Here's a thought for June 3

June 3, 2011
By Rev. Wesley J. Johnson , Marshall Independent

Wesley United Methodist Church

Live to serve

I am writing this column just before taking off to Northern Ireland on a Youth Mission Trip. I recall a previous mission trip I took in 2006 to Slidell, La., to help clean up after Hurricane Katrina. During that trip I was asked, "How do you get people to do this?"

The question was in reference to a group of 22 people who had traveled from Minnesota and California to clean roadside ditches, to build fences, and to clean up areas still affected by Hurricane Katrina and its aftermath. My response was, "We do it because Jesus calls us to serve."

We spent and raised a lot of money, gave a great deal of time, endured a lot of sweat, poison ivy and achy muscles to make a difference and follow Christ's calling to serve.

We went to do work but also to listen to stories and give hope. But true service in Christ's name needs to be mixed with humility. We did not go down to show them how to do it, or make a statement that we are better than you. We went to be Christ's hands, feet, and mouth.

Jesus called them together and said, "You know that in this world kings are tyrants, and officials lord it over the people beneath them. But among you it should be quite different. Whoever wants to be a leader among you must be your servant" (Matthew 20:25-26)

To follow Jesus means that we must serve others. As Christians we are to live not for ourselves but to first serve Christ who then calls us to serve others. Real leadership is a leadership of service.

How do you serve Christ by serving others? In what way is Jesus calling you to give up some of your own wishes in order to help someone else?



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