Wednesday, July 05, 2006

John 13:34-35 Love One Another

34 "A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. 35 By this all men will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another."

Tonight in our men's group meeting, we had a lesson that was meant for me. After my rant last night about why everybody was volunteering for the event and didn't verbally tell people about Jesus, tonight was a lesson in balance.

Kevin had us walk to the shopping center and look for ways to serve people. Just serve them. Love one another. I learned that you have to make a conscious effort to serve people. Just like witnessing will not happen by accident, neither will service. (I also learned that women get really scared when you try to carry their groceries and they don't know you.)

Afterwards, we met at the Starbucks and talked about our experience. Some people felt a little embarrassed to be collecting shopping carts. Others felt like they did something nice, but were disappointed that nobody told them what a great job they had done. We all agreed that it is tough to get out there and just serve people. It was tough for me to not share the gospel verbally, and to just be of service.

We decided that we would make the effort to serve others daily, in our normal routine. We run into people all the time who need a little help. The next time we drive by someone with a flat. The next time someone is trying to carry something big. The next time someone is moving. The next time a mom just needs someone to prepare a meal. The next time a dad needs someone to pray with him. As Jesus loved us, so we must love one another. By this, all men will know we are His disciples.

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