When he had washed their feet and put on his outer garments and resumed his place, he said to them, “Do you understand what I have done to you? You call me Teacher and Lord, and you are right, for so I am. If I then, your Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet, you also ought to wash one another’s feet. For I have given you an example, that you also should do just as I have done to you. Truly, truly, I say to you, a servant is not greater than his master, nor is a messenger greater than the one who sent him. If you know these things, blessed are you if you do them.
— John 13: 12-17

Just because you’ve been at home for awhile now doesn’t mean it’s too late to make an impact on the ones around you. As we look back at the previous weeks of this guide, we are reminded that we are called to spur one another on in love and through good works. This can be done in Athens and wherever we have been this break. God has loved us so fully and so deeply that he gave his only son for us. Every day we choose to serve him because we love him, but he tells us to do the same for those around us.

This passage in John reveals the true meaning behind having a servant’s heart and choosing to do things beyond yourself. Each of us is no greater than our brothers and sisters, so we should choose to love them in the same way that God has loved us. There are many ways to do this while you are at home. We want to challenge you to serve others in new ways today. The small things can be big things to the ones you choose to engage with today! This can be done in so many ways:

 

  • Ask your mom\dad how their day was, engage in intentional conversation
  • Do the dishes
  • Cook a meal
  • Run errands
  • Take your sibling to something they enjoy doing
  • Clean the house
  • Pray over someone you live with  
  • Write your family members encouraging notes/ tell them you are thankful for them
  • Just ask “What can I do to help out today?”
  • Leave a surprise nice note somewhere in the house for a family member to find later :)

If you have already made your way back to Athens and are looking for a way to serve others, you can:

  • Host a movie night for all your friends that are also back
  • Ask your roommate(s) if there is anything you can do for him/her before they get back

  • Clean your shared bathroom/kitchen/living space

  • Leave kind notes for your people to read when they get back

As we begin to move forward in a new semester, begin to ask God what it could like for you to serve others more. Surrendering our hearts to Jesus, allows us to walk more fully in his love and presence. Serving others is an incredible way to lay down our own lives and carry out our mission to love others like we have first been loved.

pray

Father,

Show me how to serve and love like you have done for me. I surrender my own life to you as a servant of the true King. Help me set aside my own needs to follow our and serve others more fully. You are good, and I trust that everything you have for me is good. I love you. Amen.

 

- Kelly