Weekly Devotional — March 10, 2014

Read 1 Peter 5:1-7 here.

What are we called to do as Christians? One aspect is to serve. Galatians 5:13 provides insight into our charge to serve. It reads, “You, my brothers and sisters, were called to be free. But do not use your freedom to indulge the flesh; rather, serve one another humbly in love.”

Well, do we serve one another, and do we serve ‘humbly in love’ kind of service? The answer is probably “sometimes”!

Earlier this year, a large pine tree fell in our backyard. Fortunately, it missed the house but it was quite a large task to remove. Several quotes to get rid of it were pretty outrageous. Well, at a swim meet, Irene mentioned our dilemma to Lawrence Taylor. Lo and behold, LT and Larry Nelson, on the hottest day of the year, showed up toting chain saws and commenced to cut up the tree into sections where it could be removed. They weren’t asked to do this nor did they want anything in return. They just served one another ‘humbly in love.’

In 1st Peter 5:2, we are instructed, “Be shepherds of God’s flock that is under your care, watching over them-not because you must, but because you are willing, as God wants you to be; not pursuing dishonest gain, but eager to serve…”

God, help us all be mindful of our duty to serve and may we always be eager to serve all humbly in your love!

— Rob Tyson

Devotionals like this are written and shared by the men of Shandon United Methodist Church. We call ourselves the “Sons of Thunder.” If you have a reflection that you’d like to share, email Rob at Rtyson@sowellgray.com.
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