You Were Made for More than you.
Find Happiness By doing for others.
We all chase peace and contentment in life. But we fool ourselves into thinking we can find them in career, relationships, travel, adventure, or material possessions. We work to acquire whatever it is we think will make us happy, and it does for a while. But then the feeling wears off, So, we start again, chasing the next thing we think will bring us peace and joy.
After going through that process again and again, we begin to despair. What if happiness is impossible? What if peace and contentment are unattainable?
Here’s the good news: you can create a happy life . . . but only if you give your life away. Serving others by volunteering at your church is a great way to start. In fact, Jesus made service a core practice of his church. The New Testament records that at the Passover meal before Jesus was arrested and later crucified, he washed his disciples’ feet. This was a deeply humble thing for him to do. And when he was finished, this is what he told his followers:
“Now that I, your Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet, you also should wash one another’s feet. I have set you an example that you should do as I have done for you. Very truly I tell you, no servant is greater than his master, nor is a messenger greater than the one who sent him. Now that you know these things, you will be blessed if you do them.”
So, we serve others as an expression of gratitude to Jesus for serving us by giving up his life so that we could have a relationship with God.
READY TO Serve?
If you think you’re ready to begin a new habit of serving, this video and Discussion Guide will help you get started.
This is a one-part video curriculum designed for group discussion or individual reflection.
To use this study, complete these steps:
Print a copy of the Discussion Guide for yourself or for each member of your group.
Watch the video on your own or in your group.
Discuss or reflect on the video using the questions in the Discussion Guide.
The Role of Justice
Serving others—both through the church and by partnering with nonprofits—is also a way of pursuing justice in an unjust world.
Injustice was not part of God’s original plan for creation. It’s a result of our sin. So, serving the weak and vulnerable in our communities is way that we can tilt the cultural needle back toward justice . . . even just a little.
You may feel like your efforts can’t possibly be enough to make a difference in the world. But they can make a difference in someone’s life. And that’s huge.
If you want to know more about the them of justice in the Scriptures, check out the Bible Project’s video.