Would you rather be served or be a servant?

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    Today in School of Theology, we were talking to the kids about the different characteristics of God. They listed off all the different ways the bible describes Him: loving, kind, unchanging in His being, infinite, spirit, and forgiving. As they described Him, they told me it’s impossible to know everything about God, but that they would spend their whole lives learning more about Him. I am challenged to seek after God every time I teach them. They are completely passionate about God and are hungry for more knowledge of Him. 

    Every Sunday morning, I have about 3-5 kids offer to help me set up. They could be playing with their friends, but instead they’re looking for ways to help anyone in need. I am constantly getting caught up in my own to do list rather than signing up for a meal train or taking someone out for coffee. Our kids are little servants and we all need to be challenged by them. 

“Even as the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.”
Matthew 20:28

When Jesus came, He came to serve. If Jesus himself, lived His life as a servant, what does that tell us? We need to lay our selfishness on the cross and become servants like Him. 

How can we teach our children to become servants in our own lives?

  • Serve in a ministry as a family.
  • Teach your children that we don’t serve in ministries because we are providing someone the honor or time, rather we are sacrificing our time to help others.
  • Make a meal with your child and bring it to a friend.
  • Teach your children to ask others about their day, rather than focusing on themselves.
  • Teach your sons to hold doors open for others. 

How have you taught your children to become a servant like Jesus?

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