Others Devotional, volume 6

The Heart of Serving Others by Len Fakkema

Scripture: As each has received a gift, use it to serve one another, as good stewards of God’s varied grace: whoever speaks, as one who speaks oracles of God; whoever serves, as one who serves by the strength that God supplies—in order that in everything God may be glorified through Jesus Christ. To him belong glory and dominion forever and ever. Amen. 1 Peter 4:10-11

Sometimes it is very difficult to serve others. I have found this to be true in my life several times and perhaps you have too. We have all been given a gift from God and some have been given more than one. How are you using those gifts? Are you serving God with these gifts? Are you serving others? It’s so easy to serve ourselves and think about just ourselves. Believe me, it’s really easy!

As an administrator, coach, former teacher, husband, father, and grandfather, I have found out what my gifts are and what they are not. Sometimes I’ve found out which are not my gifts the hard way. Sometimes people have told me I had a gift that I didn’t even know I had. Do you know what your gifts are? I believe that we can use our gifts to serve one another and God in so many different ways.

I have heard stories and have seen videos about people serving others. As a former competitive runner, I love hearing stories about how a runner helps up another runner when they have fallen. I just saw a video about two brothers competing in a major triathlon.

“When British triathlete Alistair Brownlee rounded a corner to find his brother Jonny struggling to complete the final leg of Sunday’s World Triathlon Series race in Cozumel, Mexico, he immediately stopped to help. Sacrificing his chance to win, Alistair pulled his brother’s arm over his shoulder before hauling them both across the finish line, where Jonny collapsed.

Jonny had been leading near the end of the 6.2- mile running portion of the race when he began to wobble and slowed to a walk, allowing South Africa’s Henri Schoeman to pass him. However, with the aid of Alistair, Jonny was still able to finish in second place.” I wonder how many of us would have done the same thing as Alistair did.

During the Special Olympics track and field event that I was watching, I saw a similar thing happen. During a race, one contestant took a tumble, and one of the other athletes turned back to help the fallen one. They both finished the race and crossed the finish line together. This was a classic example of one competitor serving another in competition.

I am a competitor, and I hate to lose. I’ll be the first to admit that, and my wife will verify it as well. What does it mean to serve others when competing? If it had been you in the situation mentioned above, would you have turned back? When it comes to serving others, we need to remember the purpose of serving. The purpose is “For His Glory” –that is, God’s glory! After we have served others, they should say, “God is good,” not “You are good.” We are serving God by serving others.

I read once that there are 4 P’s at the heart of serving: The Power of Serving, The Purpose of Serving, The Plan of Serving, and The Passion of Serving. There is power in serving others. It’s not about getting power but giving power to those who need it most. The Purpose is to give God the glory! The Plan is to take every gift, skill, talent, and ability and use them to serve others. The fourth is the Passion to serve. That passion needs to come from the heart. Do you have the power, purpose, plan, and passion to serve? Think about that! We need to serve with the right intentions.

God wants us to serve Him first and others second. He wants us to serve humbly and He wants us to pursue Him passionately. If we serve Him with the right heart, we will also serve others in such a way that honors Him and glorifies Him. There is a large sign posted next to the first tee of a golf course that I used to frequent when I was teaching. The sign declared the rules that govern play. The first rule is a preview of the specific rules that followed. It reads: “The first rule of golf is the consideration of others.” I love that rule and I hope we can make that a rule here at CVC as well.

Prayer: Lord, please help us to be aware of the needs of others. It’s so easy just think of ourselves. Help us to serve others with power, purpose, a plan, and passion. May we honor you in our service using the gifts that you have given to us. In His name, Amen.

About the Author: Mr. Fakkema is the elementary principal, Varsity Boys’ Soccer Coach, husband of June, father of three boys, father-in-law of three daughter-in-laws, and grandfather of five fabulous grandkids (soon to be six).

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