“Living Fully: Service” Pastor Stephen 03-28-21 – Part VI of “Spiritual Tools for Challenging Times”

How do I grow in my spiritual journey, my life following Christ?

That is the question we have explored during this season called “Lent” – the 40-days leading to Easter. Each week we have reflected on a Spiritual Tool (a Spiritual Practice) that opens our lives to God – prayer, generosity, sabbath, study.

The final Tool we explore is “Service.” Jesus explicitly calls us to Service after he washes the first disciples’ feet: “If I, your Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet, you also ought to wash one another’s feet.” Jesus calls us to Service – caring for the needs of our fellow human beings.

Oak Hill has that embedded in its DNA. This church serves God by serving others in a myriad of ways. Even during this crazy season of life, I’ve seen this church reach out to love on others in the name of Christ.

Christian Service is not something we do to earn God’s love or to feel good about ourselves. Yet somehow God can bless our lives through it. In his book Spiritual Disciples: The Path to Spiritual Growth, Richard Foster discusses what he calls “true service” – service not for attention or reward, but simply because there is a need. He writes, “When we set out on a consciously chosen course of action that accents the good of others…a deep change occurs in our spirits.”

Isn’t that just like Jesus? He sends us to do the type of work he did to care for the needs of our fellow human beings, and in the end, it not only helps others, it changes us!