Going hand in hand with teaching my children compassion, I hope that our family also has a heart of service.
Grace will have to be at work deep within us to give us a heart like Jesus. My first prayer is for God to grab hold of my children's heart that they will know Him through Jesus Christ. I'm dependent on Him, because I know that it is only a work of God that any of us can come to Him. In all that I teach and show them, God's Spirit must move in their lives.
If they truly do love God, service to Him and His people will be the result. Throughout Scripture we see that to love God means to love others. It is not a requirement to love God or get in better standing with Him. Rather, it is evidence of the work of God in our lives.
37 “Then the righteous will answer him, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you something to drink? 38 When did we see you a stranger and invite you in, or needing clothes and clothe you? 39 When did we see you sick or in prison and go to visit you?’
- Time. To serve others we cannot count our time as our own. We should hold our plans loosely and be willing to give our time to others as need arises.
- Treasure. All of our possessions are not our own but to be shared and enjoyed and given away.
- Talent. We are each gifted with different talents that can be used to serve the kingdom of God. Whether it be art, story telling, administration, building, any gift can be used in various ways to benefit others.
- help each other with chores around the house
- take a meal to a neighbor or person in need
- make cards for sick or shut in members of our church
- volunteer in various ways at community organizations
- offer free baby sitting
- participate family and youth missions trips
- organize a book or materials drive for a local organization
- many, many others!!!