Daily Meditations Published by IT Fellowship of North America & Europe Diocese of Mar Thoma Church
Word for the day by Christian Education Forum
Be an Influencer: A template for serving others Mathew 20: 25-28 V 27-28: “And whoever desires to be first among you, let him be your slave—just as the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give His life a ransom for many.”
“Greatness is not found in possessions, power, position, or prestige. It is discovered in goodness, humility, service, and character.” William Arthur Ward
Influencer, as it is termed is shorthand for someone who exerts a degree of influence to affect the market habits of a consumer in a quantifiable manner. Although it is inextricably tied to modern consumerism, its intrinsic nature is of paramount importance in all walks of life. For today’s discussion let us channel our thoughts on how we influence others by serving one another.
Our Faith journey calls for us to serve one another in love. Apostle Paul in Galatians 5:13 says, “For you have been called to live in freedom, my brothers and sisters. But don’t use your freedom to satisfy your sinful nature. Instead, use your freedom to serve one another in love.” We are called to use the gifts of the Spirit to serve one another and to do so without grumbling. The practical aspect of serving one another could take on many forms. It could manifest as parents showing grace to their children despite facing adversities; a spouse showing grace and love amidst lack of communication; or someone spending time to console and aid a neighbor in need. Though acts of service can look differently, they all share one thing in common, they uplift the spirits of those involved. An often-overlooked simple form of service is to give someone hope in the midst of their turmoil. I would like for you to take a moment and visualize the effect of positive encouragement in Christ to someone. It may not seem like much when spoken, but it is a great service when we do it out of love and it gives the disheartened that small glimmer of hope to restart their faith journey. That small ray of hope can permeate into all aspects of life, as it can bring about change starting from an interpersonal relationship to a community to even nations.
I urge the readers to spend some time in introspection today and ask yourselves: have you served one another in love? We live in perilous times; pandemic aside, we live in a world where people have become lovers of self and have lost sight of God. Let us refocus our attention on Christ’s influence in our lives and follow his footsteps.
Abba Father, we come before your throne of grace seeking grace and mercy. We pray that you give us the grace to serve one another. We pray that we may share the love that you have showered upon us with our fellow brothers and sisters. We pray for wisdom & understanding of the Lord.
Thought for the day To be in service for Christ is not a quantifiable commodity; it is better understood as qualifiable. It qualifies you to win the race and be a recipient of the imperishable crown.
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