Pastor Dave Ferguson shares a simple acronym that describes for us a practical way to B.L.E.S.S. our neighbors.
- B – Begin with prayer
- L – Listen
- E – Eat together
- S – Serve
- S – Share stories
When Jesus is in the upper room with his disciples, he sets an example of service for us. He washes his disciples’ feet. He was the master. He was the teacher. You would think that it was the disciples who ought to wash Jesus’ feet. But there Jesus is stooping down to perform this modest but meaningful task.
After he finishes he says:
“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.” (John 13:13–15, ESV)
Jesus goes above and beyond. He does more than is expected. And he tells us to do just as he has done.
There are many ways we serve. We all have responsibilities in life. There are expectations placed upon us. But to truly serve in the spirit of Jesus is when we go beyond what is expected. Serving in that way like Jesus is so uncommon. It catches people’s attention when they see it because it is not a common experience.
A second thing about serving like Jesus served is that we serve without expecting something in return. We don’t serve to be appreciated or to receive the praise of others. We serve simply to bless others with no strings attached. We serve to show others that they are important to us and loved by God.
How can you serve someone in an unexpected way today?