The summer months always inspire me to think about men and women who serve to defend our country, protect our cities and towns, and respond when there is a crisis.
Why do I think about this more in the summer?
Well, we have the Memorial Day and Independence Day celebrations. These holidays remind us of the sacrifice others have made so we may live in freedom. I think of the words of John 15:13 when I remember those who’ve sacrificed everything:
Greater love has no one than this; to lay down one’s life for one’s friends.
Does that mean God wants us all to sacrifice our lives for others?
I don’t think He calls all of us to give up our physical lives for others. However, there are scriptures in God’s Word that teach us how to serve others. And that service will often come with some sacrifice, whether it’s our preferences, time, or money.
In Philippians 2:3-4, we are commanded to:
Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. Rather, in humility value others above yourselves, not looking to your own interests but each of you to the interests of the others.
So how does this look in our everyday, ordinary life?
*Sacrificial service shows up when we take time out of our schedules to help a friend. Or, sometimes, we have the opportunity to help a stranger.
*Sacrificial service displays itself when we choose to spend money to further a righteous cause instead of spending it on something we want or possibly even need.
*Sacrificial service occurs when we say yes to serving in a way that is outside our comfort zone.
All of the verses will lead you to a deeper understanding of service and can prompt you to serve others well.
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