Monday Motivation: My neighbor, my brother

We’re all human and I think that we can agree that people get a boost of confidence when doing good for others. Serving others is something that all followers of Christ have been called to do. Jesus didn’t ask us to serve if we feel like it or to serve when we get around to it. Being a servant was the model that Christ lived out to the community, His disciples and to everyone reading scripture.

I believe that as Christians we find it easier to serve the stranger then we do the people in our everyday life. We volunteer to serve at the homeless outreach, the local food shelter and the nursing home. We take minutes or hours to do things for the strangers and leave with a feeling of accomplishment.

In a lot of these situations, we share a small piece of life with a stranger and then move on. There’s little investment and the person will only get to see one side of our life. We’ve done a good deed and represented Christ in someone else’s life. The question is, would you do this same thing for a person that you call a brother or sister?

When you share life with a person, we can take them for granted in many ways. If we’re willing to serve the homeless man, wouldn’t God want us to do the same for the Christian that we sit next to at church? Check out Romans 12:

Don’t just pretend to love others. Really love them. Hate what is wrong. Hold tightly to what is good. Love each other with genuine affection, and take delight in honoring each other. Never be lazy, but work hard and serve the Lord enthusiastically. Rejoice in our confident hope. Be patient in trouble, and keep on praying. When God’s people are in need, be ready to help them. Always be eager to practice hospitality. -Romans 12:9-13

We have to really take a look at how we treat our brothers and sisters in Christ. It can be easy to serve someone that will never see our flaws and the issues in our lives. It’s far harder to serve someone that has been there to see our ups and downs.

Our desire to serve and love can’t end with the strangers that we meet when doing ministry. This desire to serve has to extend to our brother and sisters that are also within the walls of the church. Just like anything in our lives, there has to be a balance.

The honest truth is that if we can’t love the person sitting next to us, how are we suppose to love a complete stranger? Servanthood isn’t about getting a pat on the back for doing something for a person that we may never see again. Servanthood is a life style that is lived in our homes, schools, churches, jobs and every place that we set our feet. I would challenge us to find a way to serve your brothers and sisters in Christ this week.

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    • Ryan Gutowski
    • Husband, Dad, artist and lover of the hot wing. Ryan and his wife Erin founded Collision in 2008 as a ministry for twentysomethings who felt left behind by the church. You can reach him at ryan@collisioncm.com

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