The Upper Room devotional reflection for Tuesday, October 4, 2022, comes to us from Jodi Wheeler of Arizona.
25 Jesus called them together and said, “You know that the rulers of the Gentiles lord it over them, and their high officials exercise authority over them. 26 Not so with you. Instead, whoever wants to become great among you must be your servant, 27 and whoever wants to be first must be your slave— 28 just as the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.”
7 Serve wholeheartedly, as if you were serving the Lord, not people, 8 because you know that the Lord will reward each one for whatever good they do, whether they are slave or free. Ephesians 6:7-8 NRSV
NEIGHBORS IN NEED
“God, grant me an opportunity to help someone today,” I prayed. It did not take long to receive an answer. After I returned from the store, I noticed an elderly neighbor struggling to maneuver her walker and open the door at the same time. I ran to her assistance, held the building door open, and then helped her with her apartment door as well. After receiving her thanks, I returned to my apartment and thanked God for the chance to help a neighbor in need.
We each have opportunities to serve others every day. When we pray for God to direct our steps and open our eyes to ways to serve, our Creator is delighted to answer our requests. We can help an elderly person with their groceries or take the time to talk to a lonely friend on the phone. Regardless of how we love others, we can experience a sense of delight when we serve others and glorify God.
Jodi’s reflection reminds us that God has called us to be blessing to those around us, to assist without hope of reward or reciprocation, and to offer compassion without need of accolades. The reading from Matthew urges us to remember that we are called to serve others and not be served. The verse from Ephesians offers us the attitude we are to employ when we serve others: “as if we are serving the Lord.” Genuine service conveys the love of God to others, giving them a tangible example of the grace of God. I leave you with the words I offer at the conclusion of each worship service: You are a blessing from God. Now go and be a blessing!
Heavenly Father, open our hearts to see opportunities to serve others and learn what it means to love like you today. In Jesus’ name. Amen
-- Jodi Wheeler
Thought for the day:
God will grant me an opportunity to help someone today.