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Sunday, February 10, 2013

Doing Unto Others

“Put your love where your mouth is.”

“Actions speak louder than words.”

To remain humble and forgiving, to ask strangers and our enemies to sit and eat at the table that the Lord has prepared for us is sometimes the hardest – but also the biggest – way to show God’s love. By serving others, we put our love where our mouth is and show the world our faith.

If you have a hard time evangelizing – that is, telling people about Jesus Christ and salvation – show them. Think about the image of someone with an “I (heart) Jesus” sticker on their bumper but behaving badly in traffic. It leaves an impression; just not a favorable one.

It’s difficult to live out what we know Christianity should be about, but that’s what people see. By actively living our faith, we show others around us the love of Christ.

How do you serve the stranger on the street, the co-worker you have never gotten along with, even your own friends and family?

In Craig Groeschel’s book, The Christian Atheist, he writes about the many different ways in which we can serve and how service is a great way to share our faith. He writes, “You don’t have to be a Bible scholar to take some time to serve… When you serve others in Christ’s name, with no strings attached, people will notice something is different about you.”

Notice he said serve with “no strings attached.” It’s as simple as asking your neighbors if they need help with chores or volunteering at a food pantry or other outreach, without sharing anything Biblical at that point—just serving them. Then when they ask, “Why are you so nice?” or “Why are you doing this for me?” you can share the love of Christ!

Galatians 6:10 (New Living Translation) says: Therefore, whenever we have the opportunity, we should do good to everyone—especially to those in the family of faith.

Serving others is a huge way to share our faith in Christ. By giving our life away, we receive so much more in return.

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Sandra D. Bricker is a best-selling and award-winning author of laugh-out-loud romantic comedy for the Christian market. Her most popular series (that started with Always the Baker Never the Bride) will conclude this spring with Always the Baker FINALLY the Bride, which is now available for pre-order at Amazon.

Sandie leads a team of writers in creating the Living It Out daily Bible study for CedarCreek Church. Today's devotion is based on the Living It Out study on the importance of service. If you enjoyed it, feel free to check out the daily studies by e-mail or audio podcast by clicking HERE.


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