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In This Time and Place

By Cari DenHerder

Begin with 2 minutes of Silence


Mark 10:42-45- Jesus called them together and said, “You know that those who are regarded as rulers of the Gentiles lord it over them, and their high officials exercise authority over them. Not so with you. Instead, whoever wants to become great among you must be your servant, and whoever wants to be first must be slave of all. For even the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.”

Devotional Thoughts Who is more worthy of being served by everyone than Jesus? Instead, he reminds us in these verses that he came to earth to serve and we get to follow that lead. Even knowing that, we sometimes have a very narrow view of what it means to serve or where we can serve which limits us. I can think of times when I have thought “I think it’s great that people do _____ at _______ (church, work, school, etc.), but that’s not what I’m good at.” While there is value in using our specific gifts to support others; there are times when God invites us to step into something beyond what we imagine as well.

....opportunities to serve are not limited to church, one time of year, or a regularly scheduled event

One thing beyond what I would have thought of on my own that God has shown me is that opportunities to serve are not limited to church, one time of year, or a regularly scheduled event. Sometimes, it’s as simple as driving someone who needs a ride, bringing a meal to someone, taking on an extra task for a colleague, or helping a classmate with an assignment. There are many ways we can serve others every day, not just at specific times or places.

It can be easy to get stuck in our own narrow vision of serving, but when we want to serve and choose to seek God’s vision in it, He will show us the opportunities all around us.

Question to Consider Where am I being invited to serve in this time and place (church, workplace, classroom/school, community, etc)?

Prayer Dear Lord, Thank you that you came to serve and give me the example to follow. May I have eyes to see where you are inviting me to serve and may that service help others to see you through me. Amen

End with two minutes of silence.


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