How did you do? Did you make it all 21 days? Did you forget? Well, either way it’s 21 days later and the challenge is over. This was such an awesome opportunity. But it was definitely hard. I’ll be the first one to say that I wasn’t consistent every day, but I’ll give myself some grace (and you, too).
But seriously. The point of this challenge wasn’t to have a list of 21 things to check off as accomplished. The point was to change our mentality to the word “service.” Our society says that service is the things you do to be seen. Well, that’s not what Jesus says about it. Our idea of service is to volunteer at a soup kitchen, clean up someone’s house, build a house, go and bring food to the hungry and while Jesus said to do all of those things, He also said to wash the feet of the lowly and to give your place of honor to those who have none…
That’s what I tried to do. I’m not bragging, but I’m thankful for the opportunity to live out Jesus’ commands every day. While I was going home for spring break, I had the chance to pay a random person’s toll. When I got home, I helped my mother cook and take care of the house all week. When I came back to school, service was a little more of a challenge as I sometimes had to search for people to serve.
But God provided the opportunities. I paid for lunch for friends, gave rides to the grocery store, told a random person I liked their outfit. I mean these are little things. Things that I’m not going to get a reward here on Earth for. But none of that matters because my reward is with my Heavenly Father and His kingdom is here and now.
Some of you may have thought that you were just being nice to people. Maybe that gave you a buzz or you felt warm-fuzzies just to know you made someone’s day better. But what you were actually doing was living out Jesus’ example.
He gave the disciples two great commandments. The first, “Love the Lord your God with all your heart, mind, soul and strength.” The second, was like unto the first, “Love your neighbor as yourself. All the Law and the Prophets hang on these two commandments.” (Matthew 22: 37-40)
This scripture was proclaimed for the first time in Deuteronomy, but here Jesus was on Earth proclaiming that these are the greatest commandments? Why?
Because if you can love God, you can love your neighbor. If you can love God, you can love yourself. We all want to be treated fairly, but some of us will never experience this because we think it is us who deserve to be served and therefore none of these rules apply.
Friends, that’s not true. Jesus was the greatest servant. He had riches like you could not imagine. Angels coming to his beck and call, and let me tell you about a mansion? He owns more towers and money than Donald Trump and Bill Gates combined. He owns the universe, yet He gave that up for 33 years to come on this Earth and die for my sake and for yours.
Who does that? The same person who tells us to come and follow Him. The only way to the Father is through the Son (John 14:6). We can’t go to Heaven by our works alone. It takes faith, faith in Jesus.