• Tina Nivens

Thats' a whole "lotta" love

Updated: Jul 16

Why are we so preoccupied with self? I know that I'm not the only one. Scripture tells us, "Love your neighbor as yourself.’ Where are we when folks need us? Why do we feel inconvenienced when others cut into our time a little too much, especially when there are things we would rather be doing?. Our selfish nature seems to just jump right to the front of the line, and servanthood goes by the wayside. Recently a friend of ours asked us to let their dog out because they were going to be gone the whole day. We were right in the middle of moving to a new home and we totally forgot. They texted us at 8 pm and asked us about it and we were not anywhere near their home but in another town taking a trailer back. Then my husband reminded me of how the Lord would respond and that he had given his word. I literally was in pain and had no desire to give anymore. Why was I feeling inconvenienced? This was asking too much I thought. I was beyond tired and somewhat grumpy! The longer I thought about it the madder I got. Why were they not thinking of us? Why were they not here helping us? These were my dear friends and servants of our church. Servanthood is not just about giving when it's convenient, comfortable or even desirable.

After all, we often think we have our own stuff to take care of.. "They are asking too much. "Maybe you're thinking we have to have our "me-time" or "private time". "We've got to get away once in a while... right?" You're saying, well, "even Jesus went out for time alone, right?" Yes, in a way, but actually, maybe not like you’re thinking, Christ went out for physical rest and to spend time with his father.

So often, when others are in need, we forget that to be like Christ can mean sacrifice and sometimes suffering. Jesus said, take up your cross and follow me; The cross was the emblem of torture and suffering and Christ is asking us to take it up. This implies some sort of suffering and sacrifice, does it not? It's not a sacrifice if it does not cost us anything. This does not sound like a” convenient type of servanthood” but one of sacrificial service, one of deep, mature selfless love. Servanthood just like our Savior. Are we willing to suffer, loving others more than ourselves. The secular world says we must love ourselves; the bible says love others as we do ourselves- implying loving ourselves is a given.

Lay aside hindrances, because you serve in the name of Jesus. Don’t grow weary in well-doing, pick up your cross, and follow him right into the lives of those around you. May God strengthen your walk, and your service in the week ahead, and grow your love for your neighbor. Give until it hurts, yes love until it hurts.

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