…make it your ambition to lead a quiet life: You should mind your own business and work with your hands, just as we told you, so that your daily life may win the respect of outsiders and so that you will not be dependent on anybody.—1 Thessalonians 4:11,12
Therefore, I urge you, brothers and sisters, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God—this is your true and proper worship.—Romans 12:1
This week’s Thursday Thoughts will be short, because I’m exhausted and don’t have much time. I’m writing this on Wednesday morning from Oregon. Over a period of two weeks every December, four different teams from Community Church sell Christmas Trees from a parking lot in Grant’s Pass, often in the rain. We do this to support Joe’s Place, an amazing ministry that serves underprivileged youth in this community. Yesterday morning we toured their facility, and then spent nine hours on the pavement carrying trees around, tying them to the tops of cars, chatting with customers, and trying to represent Jesus well. Thankfully, the weather was beautiful. Today, we’ll do it again, but this time it’s supposed to rain all day.
Sometimes we serve Jesus by teaching the Bible, but sometimes we serve Him with our hands and feet. Sometimes we serve Him even when our lower back hurts. This week, is there a way that you can use the body God gave you to bless someone else in His name? Maybe it’s making cookies or raking someone’s leaves. Maybe it’s doing someone’s grocery shopping, or maybe it’s just sending them a card. It may seem simple and unspiritual, but Christ is present in a very real way when we serve each other, especially if it’s accompanied by kind words and a smile. May you be blessed this week, and may you be a blessing.