What’s in a name? A name is more than just something by which we are called; in a sense, it is our reputation. Did you know there are a multitude of names for God? Each name unique and powerful; the list is endless.
Join us on this exciting adventure through Scripture, where we will learn some amazing verses, talk about how those verses should affect our lives, and discuss some practical ways to make these names “real”.
“After He has suffered, He will see the light of life and be satisfied; by His knowledge My righteous servant will justify many, and He will bear their iniquities.” – Isaiah 53:11
Servitude is not always pleasant. Often it involves long hours, hard labor, and ungrateful people whom we serve. Service can be for short lengths of time to extended numbers of years. It can be hard to maintain a pleasant attitude towards both our act of service and the people to whom we minister.
Christ gave to us the perfect example of the righteous servant. He, being perfect, came down to earth, lived a spotless life, and then died for our sins; He did all this without arguing, complaining, fussing, grumbling, or fighting. He fulfilled His service to the fullest, leaving us with a wonderful example of how servitude ought to look.
It would be wonderful to think we all serve with this same wonderful countenance. Smiles on our faces, cheerful hearts, and loving attitudes, but that isn’t necessarily true. Our children may especially find this trying, as they are still maturing and learning to serve with grace.
I wanted to spend a little time this Christmas focusing on how Christ is the perfect example of the righteous servant. I wanted them to see how He lived, served, and died for that service. While we are not being called upon to die for those we serve, in a sense we are to ‘die’ to our own desires daily and serve Christ fully.
While thoughts of servitude might run towards unpleasant activities like scrubbing floors, washing dishes, and cleaning up messes (which it can be), I also wanted to encourage my children to find fun ways in which they could serve and bless those around them. I think we came up with some wonderful ideas!
Christmas Caroling: Our PSP has decided to serve our community by volunteering to sing Christmas carols at local senior centers. We bring treats to share, visit with the elderly, and sing quite a few songs with them. By spending time with these lovely people, we are performing an act of service and enjoying ourselves all the while!
Serving Meals: Many people are going hungry this holiday season. We can serve by donating food items and, just as importantly, our time to organizations looking to meet this need. Food banks would also be an option! It not only a service, but teaches our children how much they have to be grateful for. Compassion cannot be overrated!
Baking Cookies: Our church bakes cookies for local truck drivers, police, and fire stations every Christmas. We spend several afternoons doing non-stop baking. Then we deliver them to their designated spot, thanking those who do so much. It is a blessing to both my children and to those whom we serve.
Hospital Visitation: Hospitals often need assistance from adults with visitation. There is often a short process one must go through to be added to their list of volunteers, but it is well worth it. So many people just need someone to sit with them, babies especially. If you can’t volunteer at a local hospital, consider visiting a rehabilitation center. They always need volunteers to help out!
There are so many creative ways in which we can serve others. It just takes a little imagination and a lot of heart. Pray about where the Lord is calling your family to serve Him; look to His example of service; and remember for Whom the service is really being done.
It is all to the glory of God.
What are some creative ways in which you are serving this holiday season?