The Call to Serve

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“Miss no single opportunity of making some small sacrifice, here by a smiling look, there by a kindly word; always doing the smallest right and doing it all for love.” – St. Therese of Lisieux

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Listen to my song “Pour Me Out” on YouTube by clicking HERE.

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Romans 6:8

If, then, we have died with Christ, we believe that we shall also live with him.

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Everything gives itself over in death so that there might be new life for another.

You see it in nature.

Animals give themselves over as food for others.

Leaves wither and fall from trees, dying to nurture the ground below.

Jesus spoke of this when he said, “Unless a grain of wheat falls to the ground and dies, it remains just a grain of wheat; but if it dies, it produces much fruit” (John 12:24).

As humans, we have a choice whether to willingly enter this dynamic, life-giving cycle each day.

Or we can choose to spend our time seeking to gain power, prestige and possessions.

That path leads to a dead end.

Jesus modeled the self-emptying path that leads to abundant life, a path that exemplified, “Not my will but God’s be done” (Mark 14:36; Luke 22:42).

For when we die with Christ, letting go of our egos’ desires in deference to serving another, we rise with Christ.

When we do this, we get life to the full both now and forever.

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Listen to the song of the day “Pour Me Out” on the Give Praise and Thanks album by clicking HERE.

Stream and/or purchase my songs on Amazon Music by clicking HERE.

Purchase my new book “Listen to Your Heart: A Daily Devotional of Calling, Purpose and New Life” on Amazon by clicking HERE.

Purchase my book “Mercy Reigns: A Daily Devotional of Compassion, Comfort and Healing” on Amazon by clicking HERE.

Remember: God loves you!

About billtonnis

Child of God, Pastoral Minister, Chaplain, Music Minister, Jail Minister, singer-songwriter, author, activist, former radio news anchor, imperfect follower of Jesus inspired by God's unconditional love, proud uncle... what else is there?
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