Updated: Aug 17, 2022
I love traveling with my husband on vacation. One of the true joys of a great vacation is the food. We visit restaurants with unique cuisines, eccentric décor and experience an atmosphere that stimulates the senses. I enjoy sitting at a table where the servers are very cordial and attentive. When your glass is half empty, the server immediately fills your glass. Seeing an artistic arrangement of food on the plate and tasting a combination of flavors that you wouldn't normally put together. As for fine dining, it is a delight to receive a dish where the chef puts effort and love preparing the meal by adding a touch of artistry using a tasty sauce. This makes the customer feel honored and loved. People who provide this style of service are focused and love what they do. They are passionate about excellence in customer service. What a joyous experience. Why am I writing about restaurants? Well, just as one may enjoy quality service, we must strive to serve others the same way. We must serve our Best Self. I’ve discovered over the years that serving in various capacities, I should never serve from a place of emptiness or lack. Ensure your supply is full and the vessel is in good condition before serving others. Serving is giving of your time, energy, gifts, talents and most of all fruit. Spiritual fruit: peace, love, gentleness, patience, goodness, faithfulness, meekness and self-control. Galatians 5.22,23. Jesus is your example of serving that pleases God the Father. He wants you to follow His leading by first being replenished in His presence. Matthew 11.28-30. 8 Come unto me, all ye that labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.29 Take my yoke upon you and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls. 30 For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light The Lord wants to reveal Himself through you. God loves a cheerful giver and wants you to give from the overflow of love, joy, peace and rest. Your purpose as a disciple of Christ is to serve from your Born-again self, your best self. Beloved, strive to serve from a clean vessel. Purify yourself by releasing all you cares upon the Lord. Forgiveness will cleanse and heal you. Just as the fine restaurants ensure their serving ware is clean and sanitary, you must do the same for your spirit. Did you know that working on your job is serving? Do you know with customer service, your employer and coworkers are your customers? What type of customer service are you providing? Do you serve with a smile and pleasant attitude? Or are you grumpy, disgruntled and spew your toxicity on those around you?
Colossians 3.23 And whatever you do, do heartily as unto the Lord.
The Lord wants you to view your serving as you are serving God, Himself. This is because people are God’s image bearers. When you serve on your job, in your home or volunteer the reality is you are serving Jesus, your Lord. You are the light of the world. Your purpose is to shine in darkness and be the peace that impacts the chaos of this world. Be full of God’s goodness. Avoid serving from a contaminated vessel. Serve from abundance not scarcity. Replenish yourself today then serve your best self.
Call to Action:
Remember, people are God’s image bearers
Remember when you are serving, you are serving Jesus.
Serve with a clean vessel. Wash your spirit with the word and forgiveness. 1John1.9; John 15.3-6.
Add some extras with a fancy folded napkin in gentleness and
Paint a design with the sauce of creativity and love.
Fill the glass the living water of peace and happiness.
Freshen the atmosphere with the fragrance of joy.
Replenish and Serve your Best Self today.