Are You People Driven? The Call to Love and Serve Others

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It’s important to love and serve others instead of spending all our time on our own to-do lists.

Jesus took the time to talk to a Samaritan woman, to show her grace and reveal his identity as the Messiah.

We are called to follow his example by putting down our to-do lists and serving those in front of us, whether that means helping someone in need, comforting a friend, or simply listening to someone who needs to be heard.

Let’s pray for opportunities to love and serve others and be open to God’s leading in our daily interactions.

Devotional Story

When a Samaritan woman came to draw water, Jesus says to her, “Give me a drink” (John 4:7, ESV).

It’s noon, and the sun is high in the sky. Jesus has been on His feet for hours already and He’s tired. He sits down at the well and waits.

A few minutes later, a Samaritan woman appears. Jesus asks her for a drink and she’s shocked. She’s used to most Jews looking down on her. When she confesses she doesn’t have a husband, she waits again for rejection.

But it never comes.

There’s only grace.

As they continue to talk, she says, “I know the Messiah is coming.”

Then Jesus declares, “I, the one speaking to you—I am he” (John 4:26).

Of all the people He could have revealed His identity to, Jesus chose a lowly Samaritan woman. Of all the tasks that Jesus could have been doing, He made time for a conversation with a lonely woman.

It’s good to accomplish a task when God commands it. But in today’s world, it’s easy to become task driven. We’re so focused on checking the next item off our to-do list that we miss people.

Being a disciple of Christ means that sometimes we must put down the to-do list and serve those in front of us.

Maybe that means pausing your grocery shopping long enough to help someone in a wheelchair. Perhaps that looks like taking a homemade meal to a sick friend.

It could also mean listening to your pre-teen share her latest drama, even though there’s a stack of dishes waiting in the sink.

Father, help me focus on loving and serving those around me. I confess sometimes I get wrapped up in my lists. Please put someone in my path this week that I can slow down and love on. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

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What the Bible Says About Loving and Serving Others

The Bible God’s Word to His people, guiding them towards leading a life filled with love, compassion, and service to others.

Whether you’re a devoted follower of Jesus or simply curious, let’s see what the Bible says about loving and serving others.

Love Your Neighbor as Yourself

The Bible speaks directly to the concept of loving and serving others in the book of Mark. One scribe asks Jesus,

“Which commandment is the most important of all?” Jesus replies, “The most important is, ‘Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one. And you shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength.’ The second is this: ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’ There is no other commandment greater than these” (Mark 12:29-31, ESV).

This passage teaches us that showing love and care for others is as crucial as our love for God. Loving our neighbors means treating them with respect, empathy, and generosity, just as we would desire for ourselves.

It’s a reminder that our actions and attitudes should reflect an understanding of the value of every individual.

The Parable of the Good Samaritan

Another powerful story emphasizing the importance of loving and serving others is the Parable of the Good Samaritan.

In this parable, Jesus explains the meaning of genuine compassion. He tells the story of how a man, beaten and robbed, is ignored by people passing by without offering him any help.

But, a Samaritan, hated by others in the society, was the one who stopped and helped the wounded man (Luke 10:25-37).

Through this story, the Bible teaches us we should not limit our love and service to those who are like us or are already within our social circles.

Instead, we should extend our kindness towards anyone in need, regardless of their nationality, race, or social background. It encourages us to break down barriers and prejudices to become sources of love and service to all.

Be a Servant Leader

The Bible also urges us to adopt a servant’s heart. In the book of Matthew, Jesus teaches his disciples,

“But whoever would be great among you must be your servant” (Matthew 20:26). Even as leaders, we are to show selflessness and humility in our service to others.

Being a servant leader means placing the needs of others before our own. It involves seeking opportunities to help, uplift, and support those around us, expecting nothing in return.

The Bible suggests that true greatness is not found in status or authority, but in our willingness to serve others wholeheartedly.

As you journey through life, remember the teachings of the Bible on loving and serving others. The Bible’s wisdom emphasizes the significance of treating others with kindness, compassion, and selflessness.

Love your neighbor as yourself, the Parable of the Good Samaritan, and the concept of servant leadership all remind us of our responsibility to care for and serve others without discrimination.

Let us make it our mission to extend love, empathy, and care to everyone we encounter, as we strive to reflect these biblical principles in our own lives.

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