Love Others

"The greatest among you will be your servant. For those who exalt themselves will be humbled, and those who humble themselves will be exalted."
Matthew 23:11-12
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October 19, 2020

People won’t care about how much you know, until they know how much you care.

This week, we consider the impact of building Mental Strength in our lives. At this time, it is easy to consider how we can be strong to cope with all that we are personally facing. The challenge this week is, how can we serve others, with the strength we have?

In Luke 12:16-21, we read a parable of a ‘certain rich man’ who had an abundance of wealth. He had so much crop that he could not store it all. His response was to pull down his barns and build bigger ones; “And I’ll say to myself, “You have plenty of grain laid up for many years. Take life easy; eat, drink and be merry.”’ Jesus uses this parable to teach about being rich towards others.

I heard a story of a place in the world where a billionaire had built a multi-storied house where on a number of levels he stored his expensive car collection. He lived in the penthouse, with its amazing views. But next to this mansion existed one of the poorest areas. If you were to search for this, you would see that this is not an isolated case. We live in a world with great wealth disparity.

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This week, let us consider how we can SERVE others, from the strength we have. Let us consider the following opportunities we have:

Share – What resources do you have that you could use to help others with? Are you blessed with an abundance?

Empower – Are there ways that you could strengthen and help others to grow, from your experience and abilities?

Relationships – Are there people you meet that are disconnected? Could you offer the gift of connection and relationship?

Volunteer – Is there a way that you could order your time, to include opportunities to give yourself freely for the good of someone or something else?

Empathise – At this time, as we all face trials of different kinds, could you come alongside someone who is struggling and give them your support?

Our Christian example is Jesus. We read that he gave up his life to serve. We read that God exalted Jesus. This week, trust God’s promise that as we humble ourselves and serve others, God will lift us up.

What is your response?
As you read the devotional, set some time aside to ask God how the word can change you today.
James 1:22 says "Do not merely listen to the word...do what it says." How can you live out the challenges set, or share the encouragement from the post today?
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