»Those who are greatest among you should take the lowest rank, and the leader should be like a servant. Who is more important, (...) for I am among you as one who serves.« Luke 22:26-27
Normally the master sits at the table and his servants serve him. However, here it’s different! »For I have come to serve you«, says Jesus in the Gospel of Luke. Daily we are exercising the practical application of the Gospel as part of our everyday life ... this addresses to the big and small. What a joy and privilege to serve our brothers and sisters and at the same time learn our lessons.
Learning by doingAs we were into this topic and sought for options to practice, we prayed with our kids and teens at the Father’s House. The Holy Spirit showed us the Oval – a small park right in front of our gate – and he said that we should go there and clean it. Everybody at the Father’s House was excited and together we took the opportunity to serve our neighbourhood. Most of all the children were super excited to join the »Cleaning up the Drive« event.
Covered and armedCovered by the blood of Jesus and armed with dustpans, brooms, sticks, shovels, wheel barrow and garbage bags, we went over to the Oval and started to clean the place. People in the park were looking and watching – some smiled, others had questioning faces. Nevertheless, there was no need for explaining anything but to offer a smile as an answer. Cleaning up this place would have meant several days of work for just one person, however, we did the job together in only four hours and learnt what it means to stand in unity, and serve a whole community in love and with joy. Love God, love his people and love his creation.
»God has given each of us a gift from his great variety of spiritual gifts. Use them well to serve one another. Do you have the gift of speaking? (...) Do you have the gift of helping others? Do it with the strength and energy that God supplies. Then everything you do will bring glory to God through Jesus Christ (...).« 1 Peter 4:10-11 (NIV)