Is Anyone Better Off?

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Ever since this past Sunday at Restoration City, there’s been one question dominating my thoughts.  It’s born of the simple reality that in the Kingdom of God power is used to serve.  The all-powerful Son of God said it this way, “For even the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.” (Mk.10:45)  Yes, Jesus served us all on the cross.  But He also wrapped a towel around His waist and washed the feet of His disciples.  And fed the hungry.  And healed the sick.  And gave sight to the blind.  And wept with friends.

To follow Jesus is to chose a sacrificial life of service for the good of others motivated by the joy of the gospel.  If we are truly living that out, there should be people in our neighborhoods, apartment communities, gyms, families and workplaces that are ecstatic that we are followers of Christ.  There should be a lot of people who would readily say they are better off because we’re in our lives.

Which brings me back to my question.  Here it is: “Who is better off because of me today?”  If you want to be more specific, try these variations: How is my spouse better off because of me today?  How about my kids?  How about my neighbors?  How about my co-workers?  How about my city?

Now, I know there won’t be a spectacular answer in every category for every one of us on every single day.  But shouldn’t there be some answer every day?  Shouldn’t we lay our heads down at night knowing that somehow someone is better off because of the way we used today?

That’s the kind of church we want to be.  That’s why we do ServeDC.  We love this city and we want it to be better off because we’re here.  We want to be a contributor to culture more than a critic.  We want to bless and serve this city.  So, if you haven’t gotten signed up for ServeDC yet, do it now.  While we’re preparing to serve our city, take a look at the lives right around you.  How can you serve them today?

Who is better off today because of us, Restoration City?

One thought on “Is Anyone Better Off?

  1. Sometimes help comes in ways which are abstract such as SERVEDC and then there is still an equal…and maybe as compelling need…for personal-one-on-one discipleship…as a ‘service’ of our church to church members. Just a thought…:)

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