Creed Devotional: “To think in terms of all mankind and our service to the world”

Recently I’ve hit a major slump. I’m apathetic in all I do, whether that’s homework or any extracurricular activity. I told myself that I would be ok just scraping by and going through the motions. This is something I think we all experience at some point of our college career. However, something has been tugging at my heart, telling me I can’t live life that way.

Colossians 3:23-4:1

Whatever you do, work heartily, as for the Lord and not for men,  knowing that from the Lord you will receive the inheritance as your reward. You are serving the Lord Christ.  For the wrongdoer will be paid back for the wrong he has done, and there is no partiality.

Masters, treat your bondservants justly and fairly, knowing that you also have a Master in heaven.

Paul eloquently told the Colossians that no matter what we do or what position we hold, we should work at it as though we are doing that task for God. Our actions are an outward reflection of who we serve. They show the characteristics of God to those who may or may not know Him. Therefore, if we truly live fully the way God hopes for us, everything we do will be richer and we will grow closer to Him.

Galatians 5:13-26

You, my brothers and sisters, were called to be free. But do not use your freedom to indulge the flesh; rather, serve one another humbly in love.  For the entire law is fulfilled in keeping this one command: “Love your neighbor as yourself.” If you bite and devour each other, watch out or you will be destroyed by each other.

So I say, walk by the Spirit, and you will not gratify the desires of the flesh. For the flesh desires what is contrary to the Spirit, and the Spirit what is contrary to the flesh. They are in conflict with each other, so that you are not to do whatever[c] you want. 18 But if you are led by the Spirit, you are not under the law.

The acts of the flesh are obvious: sexual immorality, impurity and debauchery;  idolatry and witchcraft; hatred, discord, jealousy, fits of rage, selfish ambition, dissensions, factions and envy; drunkenness, orgies, and the like. I warn you, as I did before, that those who live like this will not inherit the kingdom of God.

But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law.  Those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires.  Since we live by the Spirit, let us keep in step with the Spirit. Let us not become conceited, provoking and envying each other.

Paul wrote to the Galatians to remind them and urge them to serve one another in love. Society constantly tells us that self-love is one of the most important things we need. But God tells us otherwise. He tells us to follow His commands and love others humbly. And if we don’t there will be consequences. God doesn’t take this lightly. The way we treat others is also a reflection of who God is.

I challenge you, this week, to actively seek opportunities to serve others with love. A real, whole-hearted, authentic love that reflects how much God loves you. The more you serve others and the less you serve yourself first, your characteristics will better align with that of Gods.

By SK Farmer

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