Worship Through Service

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Matthew 25:31-46, Isaiah 58:6-11, Mark 10:35-45

Have you ever wrestled with what it means to serve? In my own life, I’ve found it’s far easier to seek out what’s fun or brings comfort. Life gets tiring and stressful, and the only way we can survive is by putting something “fun” on the calendar, something to look forward to. Our family does this, and I don’t believe there is anything wrong with it. But I wonder if our craving for fun is masking a deeper desire for joy—the kind of fulfillment that comes from serving others.

In the Gospel of Matthew, Jesus says that when He returns He will know who loves Him by the way that we help others: “For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat; I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink; I was a stranger and you took me in” (Matthew 25:35).

We’re tempted to read this verse and say to ourselves, “I need to sign up for a food kitchen” or “I need to give that homeless person a dollar the next time I see them.” These are all good things, sure, but is this the kind of service Jesus is really talking about in this passage?

Jesus also said, “For even the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve” (Mark 10:45). These two passages are bold calls to live our lives wide open to constant, regular, and sacrificial acts of laying our lives down for others. Jesus’s words beckon us to worship Him not through obligatory service, but with guttural prayers asking the Lord to allow us opportunities to love in His name.

Why does Jesus ask this of us? Jesus loves us, came to die for us, and knows that the only way for us to have the full, free, and joy-filled life that we so deeply desire is through the laying down our lives for others (John 15:13).

What does this look like? It might look like embracing an interruption in our already busy day. Or perhaps it looks like bravely praying that God would send someone your way to love in His name. It might look like asking Him to reveal opportunities to worship Him through service to others. Maybe you’re called to embrace the uncomfortable and not shy away from that call because you are afraid of the unknown.

When we create margin in our lives to serve others, we realize that any sacrifices we make to worship God in this way—whether it be through our time, resources, or creativity—all pale in comparison to the joy we receive as a result.

I pray that today, God would show us ways we can serve as Jesus served, and that the joy that wells up when we do would create an unquenchable desire for more!

Maria Furlough is a wife and a mother to one amazing 11-year-old daughter, three rambunctious boys, and one baby boy who lives in the arms of Jesus. Formerly a full-time youth pastor, Maria now teaches women’s Bible studies and works as the Missions Team leader at Lake Forest Church in Huntersville, North Carolina. Maria is the author of Breaking the Fear Cycle: How to Find Peace for You Anxious Heart and Confident Moms, Confident Daughters. You can find Maria on Instagram or Facebook @MariaFurlough or online at www.mariafurlough.com.

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  1. Ada McCloud says:

    If you had asked me, I would say I do “service” all the time. But after reading this I need to reevaluate. My love language is acts of service, I need to show God the same love.

  2. Leslie Green-Starr says:

    I’m in Awe and it’s only day 3!!!!!

  3. Mikayla Andrews says:

    This is a really good way to put this! I hadn’t heard it like this before. We can’t make Gods kingdom fit into our ideas but rather fit our ideas and reshape then to match what He is doing

  4. Ciara Artero says:

    I love this. It’s really humbling and a good reminder of how our hearts should be postured when serving. Just as Jesus came to serve and not be served, we are here to serve his people. One of the big lessons I am learning is to serve solely for the purpose of loving God’s people and not with an agenda behind it. I love to serve, but God has revealed to me that a lot of the times I serve, I have a plan that I think will help make things better. It’s not wrong to be ambitious or to want to always try to improve things, but sometimes you are called to just serve purely out of love. Serve because because you care. Show people what God’s love looks like just as Jesus showed us it here on Earth. This alone will improve the environment around you by filling it with love.

  5. ILIANA CANALS says:

    DAY 3: WOW!! Another confirmation on my calling when reading today’s message! I have always had a heart for humanity and that’s why I am a caregiver for human trafficking and why I serve on the safety team at church. My soul was born to serve especially to serve the Lord. If you are not serving, you are missing out on a feeling of Gods love. I am the happiest on Sundays when I enter Gods house to serve him. Today’s scripture is about being a good servant but not only at church but for the less fortunate. Be blessed by being a blessing to someone else!

  6. Lara Kayode says:

    Thank you for this

  7. Tiffany Yoder says:

    Good word of encouragement and clarification on a topic that often gets turned into a pressure tactic to get people in the church to add more “ to-dos” to their list rather than truly understanding what this call to service fully means.

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  9. Brandi Young says:

    This was such an answer for me. I work at a daycare and it’s the first time I’ve ever had this kind of childcare experience. I was a family nanny before this. I truly feel like I can’t do it and then this message came and I finally think I figured out the right question to ask: How can I serve them? I can’t discipline them because of the philosophy of the center (don’t ask… Long story…) but I can serve them. And I’m asking that right question, I can figure out how to help the behavior issues…. It’ll be tough, but Jesus never promised easy…. He just promised possible!

  10. Laura DeLisle says:

    I pray that the Lord uses all of us to serve others today.

  11. Lidia Diaz says:

    Wow wow wow. So timely. This word was so needed today. “Jesus’ words beckon us to worship Him not with obligatory service, but with guttural prayers asking the Lord to allow us opportunities to love in His name.” I needed that so much. I’ve been so caught up in the performance or effort of service more than just trying to worship Jesus through loving people.

  12. Anna Simpson says:

    This was a much needed reminder today! I have a 15 month old and since he’s been in my life, I have struggled to be anything else other than his Mama. I haven’t found time for anything else. I’ve been a seat-filler at church, unable to attend prayer meetings because they’re at bedtime and he won’t go to bed without me, unable to attend mid-week meetings for the same reason and barely able to be a wife/friend/daughter etc. At church yesterday I was reminded of Gods grace.. and that I don’t have to do all of this or be all of this in my strength alone. So even though serving would be as an act of worship to God, He can and will still enable me to “find time” for it in my life! Thank you for reminding me today that all I have to do is ask God to present opportunities to me to serve Him, and He will faithfully provide me with them.

  13. Michelle Turner says:

    This message really pushed me this morning. I’m in grad school working full time, trying to balance a plate of so many things but it’s so very clear how much Jesus care about his people. Sure, I serve pretty often, but how often do I do it with a JOYFUL heart?? How much have I let my job become something begrudging and tiring to me? I can be tired and still serve joyfully because Jesus shows me if I am serving, I am serving him.

  14. Megan McDaniel says:

    Love this! As a third grade teacher, I need to remember to serve more joyfully than sometimes (shamefully admitting) that I can act like it’s a burden. I teach in a poor area and I spend some of my own money on snacks for my students that don’t have enough food or constantly complain of being hungry. The other day I spent $40 on snacks and instead of seeing it as a blessing, it honestly got on my nerves. I need to remember that when I help feed these kids, these children are “the least of these” where and who Jesus is…

    1. Heather Relation says:

      God bless you!

  15. Michele Seiffert says:

    This is so good… I can’t remember the last time I intentionally prayed that the Lord would send me someone to be a Light to. That is my prayer today: to be a missionary in my own workplace by sharing Jesus’ love by the power of the Spirit! ❤️

  16. Paige . says:

    What crazy timing for this! My husband and I just got asked if we’d be willing to help out with the youth group at our church… it’s Friday nights but we have a bible study saturday nights, so in our selfish ways we said no because we didn’t want every evening of our weekend to be gone… an hour after I tell them no I read this message…. I hear it loud and clear! Whatever our own personal excuses may be, we are called to serve others and help out wherever we can. If Jesus dedicated his life to serving others, so can I.

  17. Tynia Coleman says:

    There is such a joy that comes from serving others and meeting their needs. I believe we are built to experience this joy in serving as a reward from God. He’s a Good Good Father❤️

  18. Kim Anstaett says:

    I have loved all my volunteer opportunities throughout the years. I have helped in the office at Teen Parent outreach center, I have walked dogs at the animal shelter, I have facilitated groups for a Single Mom ministry, I have taken donations to local organizations from a local business, set up and cleaned up for church programs, helped at my sons school and the list goes on! This morning I walked dogs at a local shelter and pray they all find forever homes that abound in love. All of these opportunities have not only been good for the people or animals I am serving but have also been so good for my own heart! Serving grows you personally, spiritually and can even grow you professionally!

  19. Felicity Kgosisejo says:

    I recently moved away to start a new job. With this job came a 5 hours drive to church or alternatively a 2 hour drive to a small family group hosted by a brother in his house,since moving I have only worshipped with them once. I have been struggling to go there because I didn’t feel so encouraged when I “visited”,in my defense,the brother isn’t so eloquent and his msg was all over the place.

    Reading this has just made me realize how prideful my reaction has been towards a brother who is serving God,there is a new disciple baptized in this group,she and others who are studying the Bible look forward to meeting every Sunday and Saturdays when they have prayer services.

    I am encouraged to know that going to worship with these guys is not about me but rather serving God and ultimately everyone in the family group.

  20. Kirsten Murphy says:

    I have heard it misquoted so often “the first shall be last, the last shall be first” as if it’s a karma thing… When, in fact, Jesus is saying “my kingdom is upside down.” The servants ARE the leaders and ambassadors in my kingdom. Love that.

  21. Brittany says:

    Olivia, praying for you during this difficult season. May God bless you with strength each morning to rise and shine and give Him glory. What a difficult road you are walking, but I know you don’t walk alone, your story is one many women share, but I pray that restoration and healing will come swiftly. I thank God he let you see a glimpse of the impact your service at school has made. May it encourage your heart to know you loved that little girl well at a time in her life when she may have felt forgotten. You gave her but a glimpse of the unconditional love she is now enjoying in the arms of Jesus. Thank you for sharing your journey, Olivia!

  22. Brittany says:

    Wonderful news, Ashley! We will continue to pray for your sister’s healing and comfort.

  23. Patricia Arevalo Villegas says:

    I’m thinking about the service in my job, I’m working with kids that have learning problems in the rural small villages of a Peruvian city called Huanuco, I just came back from a 3 day vacation and I feel tired, I know that doesn’t come from the Lord, I have a past of doing things mediocrely and/or quitting, and these amazing kids don’t deserve it, they deserve all the love God has for them and I’m a channel of that love right now. Please pray for me that I don’t grow weary and that I can finish my undergraduate thesis soon. May God bless you all <3 praying for y’all and for this ministry

    1. Kim Anstaett says:

      Patricia, It is possible you have compassion fatigue. Lean into the Father and ask for His rest. It is good to go away for awhile and come back. Jesus went away then served the town then sat with his close knit circles then went away and then served the town then sat with his close knit circles… Healthy rhythms are good!

  24. Nikki Falvey says:

    Everyone’s comments on here are so encouraging and thought-provoking! The readings and the comments have me thinking that, while I am limited in free time right now with two toddlers and a full-time job, I can still serve God by serving my family and doing my job to the best of my ability. There will be more time in the future for more obvious acts of service, but right now I can only do what I can. And, of course, I am always able to serve through our most powerful act—prayer.

    1. Kim Anstaett says:

      Prayer and Philanthropy are beautiful ways to serve!! Also, you can involve your little ones by having them pray with you and or keeping a piggy bank to fill up with loose change to give to a local organization!

  25. Nikki Falvey says:

    Hi Candice, I, too, have experienced miscarriage and I know what it’s like to go through that rainbow pregnancy, afraid to be hopeful, always alternating between joy and anxiety. I am praying peace over you and your husband, that this pregnancy would be completely healthy and that God would comfort you in this time. Congratulations ❤️

  26. AW says:

    This is a good thought to start the day thank you. Reading your bio I wondered tho – aren’t your boys ‘amazing’ as well? I often notice how people describe sons in less favourable ways to daughters – ‘trouble’, ‘a handful’, even ‘energetic’ becomes rather negative. How we describe our children impacts how they see themselves. Yours respectfully…..

  27. Gema Diaz says:

    Praying that our spirit is sensitive to the needs of others in order to love them on behalf of Jesus.

  28. Emmalee Martinez says:

    Hello friends! I just got married to my best friend last week. Our first month of marriage couldn’t have started out better: we started a 21 Days of Prayer with our church, so every morning, we get up at 5:30 and pray together and worship for an hour. It really is so incredible. I’m asking for prayer that our marriage will be so blessed and we will grow closer to one another and Christ. I have had a weird sense of fear for about 5 months now. It has a lot to do with my past, but the enemy will just put it on me randomly and I can’t seem to shake it. It really got better once I became married, but it happens a lot when I’m alone. I’m asking for prayer that I will be able to own that fear and call on the Lord to take it away. Thank you.

  29. Olivia Dorman says:

    I am an elementary teacher. Two years ago, at the end of the school year, I resigned. I had just had my third baby boy (3 boys in three years), and I was tired, exhausted, and didn’t feel like I was doing either job to the best of me. So, I was going to become a full time mommy. I was happy.
    Then I wasn’t. I found out my husband had been having an affair for over a year. It was a work affair. They got caught and fired.
    I now had a 3 year old, 1 year old, and a newborn to take care of with no job and a cheating spouse.
    The very next day I went and banged on my principal’s door begging for my job back. They willingly gave it because they hadn’t found a replacement, but I was angry.
    I resented my job all year last year for the reasons that I had to be there. I hated to go to work every day, because I was supposed to be home taking care of MY babies.

    But there was this one girl. She wasn’t my student, but she passed by my class every morning. Her hair was in disarray. Blond and short and matted. Her clothes were never appropriate for the weather and rarely fit. One morning I slyly pulled her into my classroom. I brought some leave in conditioner from home and and extra brush and some ponytails, and I fixed her hair. And so began our relationship. Every single morning she would stop by and get her hair fixed. We didn’t spend more than 5 minutes together each day, but we would talk and laugh and I learned about her family. Other teachers caught on and if she was late (happened often) they would usher her down to me before bringing her to class. And so went our year.

    This summer I received a call. There had been a house fire, and she did not make it out. A piece of me died that day with her.

    Reading this today I realized my purpose at my job. I’m not there to provide for my family, but I am there to serve. This year was about her. Not me. She needed me more. My boys did and still do, but they have me plus more. She needed me. I was there to serve her. I AM there to serve all of my students in my class and even those that are not. I AM there to be Christ’s love to those who rarely see love. I am sobbing as I am writing this. As I start a new year next week my purpose is to serve as Christ served.

    1. Emmalee Martinez says:

      Wow. I am in awe. You have so much wisdom and compassion for people, I can just tell. Thank you for sharing this and I will
      Be praying for you.

    2. Lauren Barr says:

      Olivia, I am so sorry to hear about the little girl. I am sure you are devastated and heart broken. Praying for you today. That you are able to serve not only at school but at home and that Christ fills you with His love for you to pour out onto others. Thank you for sharing your heart.

    3. Lisa Emily says:

      Thank you so much for sharing your story Olivia! I am so touched and you brought me to tears. I will pray for healing and encouragement in your situation. You truly showed her Jesus’ love and she’s in heaven with Jesus now. What a true act of service, I’m grateful to read your experience. Sending you love <3

  30. Kelly Nash says:

    “Maybe you are called to embrace the uncomfortable and not shy away from that call because you are afraid of the unknown” I needed this. We started fostering because I can’t have my own children. The little one we took, we soon found out that mom was pregnant. We were told we’d either take the baby or the little one we’ve fallen in love with and who is blossoming in our care would be taken from us, because siblings wouldn’t be separated. After praying about it, we both felt “I really don’t want too, but I feel we should”. So much unknown, so many fears. But it’s about serving the one who gave it all for me. And these little ones will make it worth it. So will my Father.

  31. Ashley Thomas says:

    Sisters, thank you for your prayers! Today they were able to perform a procedure on my sister that has never been done in the United States before in order to relieve the severe inflammation. It was successful! Now we just wait and see. God is good all the time, and all the time God is good!

    1. Crystal Wallace says:


  32. Carolyn L says:

    Churchmouse, you are definitely still serving on the front lines, by sharing your witness, encouragement and compassion with the ladies here on SRT. Thanks to you and all the others who post making us part of a virtual community of believers. It is reassuring to know that we all experience struggles with faith and high moments of joy and peace along our walk. God created us for togetherness. With age and experience hopefully come wisdom, gratitude and humility (a choice over bitterness and despair) . Thanks to technology, age and distance don’t have to create a barrier for helping us find our worth in HIM. “LiveLove!”

  33. Jen says:

    As today’s study is about worship through service because Jesus came to serve I wanted to share a humbling verse that we can think about as we serve others.
    I recently read Philippians 2:3. Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit, but in humility consider others better than yourselves. NIV

    That is powerful. If we serve this way we have to concidar the poor, prisoners, hungry, thirsty, naked, strangers, or sick ………….better than yourself. Wow
    Thats humbling.

    1. Lisa Emily says:

      Wow Jen thank you for the reminder that really hits me hard! I needed that reminder <3

    2. Cloe Shelp says:

      Thank you for sharing that verse!

    3. Breanne Anderson says:

      Ouch. That one stings a little doesn’t it? So contrary to the way the world around us works. Thanks for the reminder.

    4. Abbie Darst says:

      Jen, that is so true, and we all struggle with humility in that way. We like to think we’ve done something great through serving those most people ignore, when in reality we deserve no pat on the back. We struggle to see people through God’s eyes and in humility realize we all fall short of the glory of God!

  34. Sarah D. says:

    Thank you all for the sweet wishes on my baptism on Sunday!! I just wanted to share a prayer request…I went to my church’s going adult group last night, and I just felt like I had a lot of unnecessary anxiety/akwardness. I feel like it may have been the enemy trying to distract me from what was important, making new friend and worshipping the Lord together. Just prayers that I would not over think things and that not be afraid to be myself, not thinking of the opinions of others. My time is in Hawaii is coming to a close as well…I leave in a week and a half! So crazy. Please pray for peace and that I would use the rest of my time here wisely…as well as just reflecting on all God has done this summer. He is so good, even during the hard times. Thank you Lord for everything. Whatever it looks like, whatever may come I am yours.

    1. Cristy Harris says:

      You’re on to him. I see the enemy doing all he can to isolate people – and he’s really crafty at using any means he can. He knows we are stronger together. I would encourage you to make those connections with people despite how you’re feeling at the moment. Congratulations on your baptism – lifting you in prayer right now.

    2. Patricia Arevalo Villegas says:

      Praying for you Sarah!

    3. Amy Dye says:

      Praying for you, Sarah!!!

  35. DeJana Parker says:

    Dear God, as an adopted member of your family through Jesus I know that I have a responsibility to love and care for the hungry, thirsty, naked, homeless, sick and afflicted. Your love for me fills my heart and should be poured out on others so that they can see You. I pray that You help me to access more opportunities to serve.

  36. Leslie G says:

    Serve and love others! Pray for help and opportunity to do these things! I think this is what Jesus wanted us to know above all else. We are to love the ones the rest of society casts aside, those who are seen as “less than.” Everyone we see every day is a child of God and someone Jesus died for. This is not always easy, but it is what we have been taught by Jesus to do. All will know we are servants of Christ by our love.

  37. PamC says:

    Churchmouse I’m so grateful to hear how well Julia’s surgery went. As I struggle with the cumulative results of aging I found your post today brought such comfort and peace. Thank you so much for sharing. You are in my prayers.

  38. Nancy Hubbard says:

    As a Flight Attendant, I encounter so many people with not so kind attitudes. I try daily to show compassion but at times, I’m truly challenged. I can feel myself falling into a carnal response with some. I felt like today’s devotion truly hit home w me. I’m headed back out today and hope to make a difference.

    1. Candice Lofton says:

      So much grace to you, Nancy, as you seek to show the Lord’s favor to those still in rebellion!

  39. Maura says:

    Reflecting on the true servants I have witnessed and the joy I have seen through there service, not just to those they are serving, but in their eyes. When God tells us to love others and Jesus has shown us so clearly how to do this and that loving the least of these is loving Him. What else do we need to know? I know that when I have a servant’s heart that is when I have felt closest to the Lord. Lord God, may I see the opportunities you put in my path daily to love and serve as you and help me to give you the glory. Help me to see you in the disheartened, the hungry, the tired, the naked, the lonely, the outcast and imprisoned. Fill me up that I can be poured out to those you put in my path. Thank you Jesus that you love us sinners so overwhelmingly. Thank you Jesus for me what love looks like. Please bless all the teachers this day, give them words that uplift and bless these precious souls you are placing in their care. May you Lord be praised in our schools for your prescence there. In your holy name Jesus I pray. Press on sister’s, our King is mighty!

    1. Sharon W says:

      Beautiful prayer this morning. May all our teachers be prayers for their classrooms and the precious God we serve to get them through the long days and place hope in Jesus in their students lives. JOY = Jesus, Others & You ✝️

  40. Jen says:

    SRT. I am unable to reply to another’s comment on my device. When I touch the reply it doesn’t open. I can post on the reply at the bottom(where I’m posting this) but that reply isn’t directed to the person I want to reply too. Is anyone else having this problem? Any suggestions?

  41. Dawn says:

    Is it possible that some of the anxiety we/I endure is merely the putting off of following through with Gods direction? Perhaps, if we/I simply follow through in the ‘doing’ of love this anxiety of just rushing about my day would be lifted. When anxiety is lifted then joy will take its place.

    This was such a good reminder to me as I begin my day.

    I also love the comments that others share, I realize I am not alone in this struggle. Thank you all! I am encouraged today!

  42. Monica Davis says:

    Serve god by serving others.

  43. Cayley Causey says:

    As I read the Matthew 25 passage, I was struck by the condemnation of the goats. They hadn’t “done” anything sinful – they just hadn’t done anything! In my own heart I know that there have been so many times in my own life that I have acted like a goat. I am not worthy to enter the kingdom of heaven, but He opens the door for me – not only that, but He wants me to join Him in His great kingdom work by loving others. Yes, Lord! I can’t wait to serve my husband and in-laws today!

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  44. Rossanda Jackson says:

    “But Samuel replied: “Does the LORD delight in burnt offerings and sacrifices as much as in obeying the LORD? To obey is better than sacrifice, and to heed is better than the fat of rams.
    1Samuel 15:22
    Ultimately it’s about being obedient. Jesus sacrificed His life for us out of obedience. He didn’t have to do it but I’m glad He did. God is asking for our obedience. Worship is obedience. Sacrifice is obedience.

  45. Virginia Ford says:

    Only God can place love in our hearts for others. Father, give us love for those around us and help us see them like you do. Please grant us the capacity to love, serve and do it all with a willing heart.

  46. Kara says:

    Friends, will you pray for me? I have a woman in my life who I’m actively serving. It’s uncomfortable. I’m praying daily for the Lord to move in her life, as well as keeping me from the “dark side” of serving – enablement, savior-hood, etc. I worry about the emotional toll of her burden and even being taken advantage of, but I lay it all at the feet of Jesus. I pray He will use me to serve this woman and show her His goodness and mercy. Lord use me in your service!

    1. Bessie H says:

      I’m praying for you, Kara. I’ve been a caregiver and I know it can be really hard sometimes. I tried to remember that Jesus said, ‘if you do it for the least of these, you do it for Me.’

  47. Victoria Best says:

    Father god thank you for this study. I feel as though you call me to do the uncomfortable and to give a voice to those who do not have one. Please help me to release the stress and anxiety and worry on my heart that comes associated with that. Give me the strength and the faith to trust in your purpose for me. Amen

  48. Becky Kuiper says:

    I have been so stressed this week, to the point of anxiety and sleeplessness last night. One of the things I routinely feel God leading me to do is to encourage people who are hurting or sick. He has been nudging me to bring some flowers to a woman going through chemo, and I have been putting it off, because selfishly it’s such a busy week. As I read this devotional and pray, I think about the 30 minutes it would take to cut some flowers from my garden and drop them off at her house with a card. The peace and joy that would give ME. I’m going to squeeze this in today….not just for the comfort it might give her, but for the authentic joy I know it will bring to my heart. Created in His image, I know that this kind of “sacrificial” life is what I was created for. Just anticipating worshipping in this way later today makes me feel my usual sense of peace and joy and the anxiety is gone.

  49. Ashley Searle says:

    I pray today that those of us who seek to shine Jesus in a dark world will receive His wisdom and guidance for who to serve and how!

  50. Bessie H says:

    Thank you, God for Julia’s surgery. We pray that her recovery continues and that her friends will be gentle with her. We pray for Mary Kay and that you will give her relief from the pain and bring her healing. We thank you for doctors and nurses who have the gifts of caring and healing.
    Thank you God for holding our hands as we go through deep waters.

  51. Angie says:

    Have a wonderful school year Kathy. May each child/young adult see the love of Jesus in you and be drawn to Him.

    Churchmouse, praying things went well for Julia and her parents yesterday.

    I’ve been reading in Daniel. I am struck by the way he served so many pagan rulers honorably, while standing firm in his convictions and obedience to the Only True God, thereby bringing honor and glory to Yahweh. What an example.

    1. Nikki Falvey says:

      That’s a really good point! Service can also be “working as if unto Christ,” even in a secular job.

  52. Alison McHugh says:

    My takeaways—it’s not just about acts of service but an attitude of service, which begins with prayer.

  53. Cady ❤️ says:

    All we need to do is love God and each other. Basically thats it….sacrificial love through service…..

    1. Rossanda Jackson says:

      Yes, it’s sacrificial but above that ultimately it is obedience. “But Samuel replied: “Does the LORD delight in burnt offerings and sacrifices as much as in obeying the LORD? To obey is better than sacrifice, and to heed is better than the fat of rams.
      1Samuel 15:22

  54. Churchmouse says:

    Dear friends,
    Thank you so very much for all the prayers said on our granddaughter’s behalf yesterday. The procedure went better than the doctor anticipated (God is so good!). Two of the four areas were treated and the doctor is cautiously optimistic that the lip may not need treated again. That would be the greatest blessing as the recovery is quite dramatic. Her lower lip is very swollen, though not very painful. The swelling should begin to decrease in a couple days. Julia is taking things in stride – we’re praying her friends will be kind as her physical appearance will be altered for awhile.

    Again, how wonderful it is to have friends of faith I have yet to meet! In heaven one day I will hug you all!

    1. Brooke Parker says:

      ❤️ praise God!!

    2. Mari V says:

      That’s wonderful news. Thank you for the update. We will continue to pray for Julia. I work at a school and mainly with Kindergarteners. Maybe have Julia’s parents contact the teacher so it prepares her if the children have questions. Not singling her out but hopefully the teacher can be ready if kids start to say something.

    3. Mari V says:

      It was just a thought since I do work with kindergartners. They are the sweetest things. And can be so sensitive to other children. Such sweethearts. I love my job!

    4. Nikki Falvey says:

      Thank you for the update! Praise God it went so well!!

  55. Churchmouse says:

    How best to worship through service as I age, hard of hearing, lower in energy, health issues, yet desiring to be the best I can be for Him? A dear mentor, up in years, once told me that “everyone who puts their hands to use for Him is worshiping, and especially if those hands are folded in prayer.” I can do that, whatever my age or limitations. And so today, as yesterday and as tomorrow, God willing, I bow my head and fold my hands. I go into battle on my knees. No retirement age for those in the Lord’s Army! Let us worship /serve as we can, when we can, however we can. Let us not compare our service nor our worship. It is not a competition. Life stages may change what we do but not that we can do. Let us worship Him in service daily, this I pray.

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  56. Kathy says:

    School. Starts. TODAY! What a wonderful time to read about worship through service. Jesus’ words are “bold calls to live our lives wide open to constant, regular, and sacrificial acts of laying our lives down for others.” Exactly what I need to jump-start this day. I am incredibly excited about meeting my students today. I pray that I will be able to love them the way Jesus loves me and that my classroom will be a refuge, a place where students feel loved and at peace.
    I teach high school art and I’m praying especially for the students that don’t want to be there; either in art or in school. I’m also praying for those students I’ve already had and didn’t really enjoy, but they’re back! I have a quote written next to Isaiah that says “Monday is the proof of Sunday.” I pray that “my light will shine in the darkness.”
    Have a blessed and wonderful Wednesday.

    1. Traci Mir says:

      From one teacher to another, wishing you good luck today!

    2. Becky Kuiper says:

      Blessings to you and you students this year!

    3. Lara Castillo says:

      Another teacher here- praying for a great start to your new school year!

    4. Allison B says:

      Another teacher-have a great year! God put you in your students’ lives on purpose. May you be a light in each of their lives!