Christmas Survival Guide | Serve Someone

January 4th - In my family this is around the time that we begin putting away all of our Christmas decorations and we start counting down the days until next Christmas (it’s 354 in case you’re curious). And while Christmas might be over, the season of giving doesn’t have to be. Giving is meant to be something that we actively engage in all year. And one of the greatest gifts we can give a person is the act of serving them. Its doesn’t require a special occasion, and it typically doesn’t cost any money. And the best part? It's one of the easiest ways to display God’s love to someone.

The Good Samaritan

One of my favorite biblical passages on serving is the story of The Good Samaritan. It's a parable that Jesus told in the book of Luke to teach us what it looks like to truly love our neighbors as ourselves. (See Luke 10:27).

In this parable Jesus tells us the story of a man who was attacked by robbers while traveling and was left to die on the side of the road. Several people walk past the man, seeing him suffering, but do not stop to help him. Finally, a Samaritan man sees him and is filled with compassion for him. He bandages the man's wounds, using his own supply of oil and wine. He props the man up on his donkey and carries him to the nearest inn. He pays for the man to have a room and he asks the inn keeper to look after him. He tells the innkeeper that he will pay for any extra expenses that might be incurred and that he will come back in a few days to check on him. (Paraphrased from Luke 10:30-35). Two things stand out to me in this passage: The samaritan man’s willingness to be interrupted and his willingness to go beyond what was required of him.

Be Interruptible

If you’re like me, you’re probably pretty busy most days, especially during the holidays. Even though we said we would spend the extra time resting and recharging, somehow we still managed to fill up each day with errands and events. And with a new semester starting soon (is it really tomorrow???) I know those days will soon be filled up as well. So the question is, are we too busy to be interrupted? Dallas Willard, an author and seminary professor is know for this quote: “You need to ruthlessly eliminate hurry from your life.” Why? Because it distracts us from the needs around us and it distracts us from voice of God.

We see needs all around us every single day. The homeless woman on the street corner, the friend who has been feeling lonely, the family member going through a rough season… the list is endless. And just like the Samaritan man, we have the choice as to whether or not we’re going to stop our busy lives and extend a hand. Sometimes it doesn’t take much - a few minutes to pray with them, an offer to grab coffee together, listening ears and encouragement - but first, you have to be willing to be interrupted.

Go Beyond What is Required of You

Now that you’ve stepped aside from your busy life to help the one in need, will you do the bare minimum or will you go beyond what is required of you like the Samaritan man did? He didn’t have to use his own supply of oil and wine. He didn’t have to take the man to a local inn and pay for him to have a room. He didn’t have to come back a few days later to check on him. But he did; and he did it out of a place of compassion. This is the part of serving where we get to display the heart of our loving father to a world in desperate need of love and hope. Truly selfless serving may require you to make sacrifices and to go beyond your comfort zone, but in the end the sacrifice is always worth it. Seeing their spirit brighten as you stand by their side to help them will ultimately bring joy to your own heart. For it is always better to give than to receive.

Prayer

Father we pray for eyes to see the needs all around us everyday. We pray that our hearts would be filled with compassion in the same way that the Samaritan man’s heart was. We pray for the humility to pull away from our busy lives and be interrupted by the needs of others. We pray for the grace to go beyond what is required of us so that we may truly display your selflessness and love to a broken people. We pray for wisdom to know how to best serve the people before us and for the courage to share your love with them. Amen.
 
Author | Devon Radford

Recent

Archive

 2021

Categories

no categories

Tags

1 Corinthians 1 Kings 1 Peter 2 Corinthians 2 Peter Aaron Vickroy Abba Abiding Abigail Bradley Abundance Accountability Actions Adam Salway Addiction Adoration Adventure Alafia Adeleke Alex Hinton Alignment Andrew Elder Andrew Smith Anger Anna DiCosty Anna Goellner Anointing Ansley Davenport Anxiety Armor of God Ashlyn Williams Ashton Brantley Asian American and Pacific Islander Month Aubrey Gold Authority Autumn Pressley Awakening Bailey Meyne Balance Beauty Becca Johnstone Becca Morgan Being Uncomfortable Being mortal Beloved Benji Johnston Bentley Clark Bethel Black History Month Blessing Body Image Body of Christ Boldness Boundaries Brad Schiebel Bravery Breakthrough Brittany Futch Brokenness Brooke DeLoach Brooklyn Holloway COVID-19 Caitlin Cooper Calling Calvary Cam Pace Caroline Barnes Caroline Beasley Caroline Newton Carolyn McLain Celebration Change Charlie Knox Child-like Chloe Glass Chosen Christina Hensley Christlikeness Christmas Survival Guide Christmas Claire Jordan Clarity Colorado Comfort Commitment Communion Community Comparison Compassion Complacency Confidence Connection Consistency Contentment Control Conviction Correction Counseling Courage Covenants Creativity Cristina Rosiles Dating Decisions Dependency Depth Desperation Devon Radford Disappointment Discernment Discipleship Leadership Blog Discipleship Discipline Distraction Diversity Division Doubt Dreams Dutch Williams Easter Eat the Book El Roi El Shaddai Elders Elijah Elizabeth Sprinkle Ellie Knight Ellyzsa Valencia Emily Baker Emily Goldin Emily Helton Emily Summers Emma Kate Shelton Emma Whitmer Emmanuel Fortuchang Emotions Empathy Emptiness Encountering God Encounter Encouragement Rooms Endurance Enough Environment Envy Erin Gilleland Eternity Evan Correa Evangelism Exodus Expectation Faithfulness Faith Family Fear of the Lord Fear Feeling Lost Feeling Safe Fernanda Lima Forgiveness Fredom Freedom Freely Given Freshley Friendship Fruits of the Spirit Fun Future Garner Gay Generosity Genesis Gentleness Gift Giving Giving Glory of God God as a Father God is Smart God is with us God's Character God's Heart God's Names God's Plans God's Plan God's Power God's Presence God's Promises God's Timing God's Voice God's Will God\'s Character God\'s Heart God\'s Names God\'s Plans God\'s Plan God\'s Power God\'s Presence God\'s Promises God\'s Timing God\'s Voice God\'s Will God\\\'s Character God\\\'s Heart God\\\'s Names God\\\'s Plans God\\\'s Plan God\\\'s Power God\\\'s Presence God\\\'s Promises God\\\'s Voice God\\\'s Will God\\\\\\\'s Character God\\\\\\\'s Presence God\\\\\\\'s Voice Government Grace Gratitude Guatemala Guidance Haley Blanchard Haley Hall Hallie Turner Hannah Cole Healing Heart Posture Heaven Hinds Feet on High Places Hispanic Heritage Month History of Prayer History of Revival History of Wesley Holidays Holiness Holly Avera Holy Spirit Holy Week Home Honor Hope Hospitality Humility Hunger Hunter MacInnis I Am Ian Burkes Identity Idols Image of God Imagination Influence Inheritance Intention Intercession Interning Intimacy Isolation Jake Stephens Jamaica Jamie Cherf Jealousy Jennifer Daniel Jessie Thomas Jesus John Wesley John Joseph Josh DeRamus Journaling Joy Judgment Julia Baughn Justice Justin Patton Kalli Drake Karla Sanchez Tavera Katherine Burnette Katie Courson Katie Pilson Katie Pitner Katy Smith Kelley Losinger Kelly Losinger Kelsey Parham Kennedy Browning Kimberly Klaer Kindness Kingdom Knowing God Knowledge Known Kourtney Axelberg Kristen Fikse Kyle Pickett Language Latinx Heritage Month Lauren Forbes Leadership Legacy Lia Herrera Life Light Lindsey Conway Listening Living Water Living with God Logic Loneliness Longing Los Angeles Loss Love Languages Love Luvlan Lee Mackenzie Wells Maddie Marsh Madeline Current Madelyn Livingston Madison Davis Makinizi Hoover Mariah Foote Mariah Taylor Marlena Sculac Marriage Martin Luther King Jr. Matthew Maturity Melissa Merrick Mental Health Mercy Meredith Ashburn Messiah Michael Weidner Miracles Missions Morgan Attebery Mourning Names Narnia Nashville Natalie Mata Nathan DeYoung New Covenant New Year Obedience Old Covenant Olivia Beals Olivia Ellis Openness Outreach Pain Partnership Passover Past Paul Peace Perfection Perseverance Perspective Peter Pharisees Philippians Power Praise Prayer Guide Prayer Meetings Prayer Pride Processing Prophecy Protection Provision Psalm 23 Psalms Purity Purpose Rachel Dow Rachel Erin Taylor Rachel Henderson Rachel Jones Racial Healing Racial Reconciliation Rebecca Mejia Recipes Reconciliation Red Rising Redemption Refinement Reflection Reform Refreshing Relationship Remedy Repentance Resolutions Resources Responsibility Restoration Rest Resurrection Reverence Revival Rhythm Righteousness Riley Orr Risk Romance Romans 8 Romans Rosalie Vendrell Ruth Sabbath Sacrifice Salvation Sam Adams Sam Carroll Sam Darby Samantha Forbes Samantha Richey Sanctification Sarah Savoie Savannah Shaw Savannah Ugan Scripture Seasons Secrets of the Secret Place Seeking God Selah Self-love Sermon on the Mount Serving Shaking Shame Sidney Counsell Singleness Sin Slowing Solitude Sorrow Sovereignty Spiritual Disciplines Spiritual Gifts Spiritual Health Spiritual Themes Spiritual Warfare Status Steadfastness Stephanie Seda Stephanie Stewart Strength Stress Struggles Suffering Summer Survival Guide Summer of Psalms Summer Surrender Temple Temptation Tenderness Tension Testimony Thankfulness The Beatitudes The Church The Cross The Gospel The Law The Lord's Prayer The Lord\'s Prayer The Lord\\\'s Prayer The Prodigal Son The Road to Life The Secret Place The Shack The Ten Commandments The Trinity The Word of God Therapy Tori Kramer Transformation Transition Trust Truth Uncertainty Unity Urgency Values Victory Vision Vulnerability Wandering Wednesday Night Recap Who Am I Wilderness Wisdom Wonder Word for the Year Words Worship Worth