“A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another: just as I have loved you, you also are to love one another. By this all people will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another.” – John 13:24-25
In order to promote the Gospel, one must love. God actively models love for us. We need to follow His example and love actively through serving others.
While God gives each of us different gifts, God does not tell us to serve other people because we are completely equipped in that service. God does not call certain people to serve those touched by a disability while not calling others. We are all called to love one another, including those with a disability, because we love God our Father who loves us. Because He has shared His immense love with us, we are able to go forth and love others. In the same way, we are called to serve others not out of the kindness of our hearts, but because of our love for our Father.
Serving is not meant to be comfortable; it is meant to pull our minds off of ourselves and onto others. Serving is not meant to make us feel good about ourselves; it is meant to cause us to rely on Jesus for strength. Serving is not meant to make us feel strong or in control; it is meant to show us how weak, inadequate, and in need of a Savior we are.
God actively loves His people. This can be seen through the beauty of the earth, daily breath, a beautiful sunset, the taste of good food, the smell of flowers, and so much more. However, these gifts are tiny compared to God’s greatest and most powerful act of love toward His people: the crucifixion. God exchanged your sin for Jesus’ perfection through the death of His Son on the cross.
Now, because we have been redeemed, we are called to be like Christ. Jesus died for your sins because He loves His father as stated in John 15:9, “As the Father has loved me, so have I loved you.” We must also serve with everything we have out of love for our Father.
Jesus modeled active love for us. 1 John 4:11 says “If God so loved us, we also ought to love one another.” Jesus showed us how to love through healing people, feeding people, and washing His disciples’ feet. Jesus shows that love actively ministers to the needs of other people. Our Savior shows us that love is not simply a feeling, but a necessity.
Do not let feelings of being unqualified discourage you from serving. God can and will use you exactly where you are at. If we acted only when we felt completely confident in our capabilities, we would almost never get anything done.
Remember, God is powerful in our weakness (2 Corinthians 12:9). If you allow God to use you, He will! You will be surprised how He uses you once you relinquish yourself to Him with a willing heart. Let the love of God motivate you to serve others today!
“We love because He first loved us.” – 1 John 4:19
Emmalyne Kwasny is a senior at Mississippi State University and serves as editor-in-chief of the university’s student-led newspaper, The Reflector. Emmalyne volunteers with Joni and Friends Mississippi and is currently interning with Joni and Friends Cause 4 Life.