When has somebody else’s service to us ever meant that we are able to hoard the blessings heaped on us? When has it ever meant that we are allowed to be spoiled little children who just do whatever we want without regard to other people’s feelings? Well, let me just give you that answer right now. Never. We say that we love and obey Jesus Christ our Lord and Savior because he first loved us. And Jesus tells us multiple times that loving our neighbors is just as important as loving Him. In the same way, we should love and serve our neighbors because they first love and serve us. It has never been something where we can just take someone’s service to us and just demand more from them or demand something different from how they are already choosing to serve us. Even if it may not be the way you receive, you can serve others by allowing them to serve you.
This isn’t directed at any one person or group of people in particular, but I personally believe it’s something everybody would do well to remember, including myself. If somebody spends a lot of time and effort in order to serve you well, what should you do? Just take it all for yourself? And if you don’t really like the way they’re doing it, do you throw it down on the ground and stomp on it? If you did that for someone else and got that response, I’m sure you’d be super pissed off. Luckily, that’s not what God has called us to in terms of service and loving one another. Again, you can serve someone by allowing them to serve you. That means that if someone spends a lot of time and effort in order to serve you well, you appreciate it. You appreciate them. You don’t refuse to receive the service that the other person’s trying to love you with. Instead, you take just a little bit more of your time and energy to participate in and share whatever it is that you are being served with or by. That’s what it means when we turn our blessings back to praise for God. That’s what it means to truly serve one another. And it’s not something that anybody does well all the time, least of all myself. But because of that, it’s something that nobody should ever forget.
“For you were called to freedom, brothers. Only do not use your freedom as an opportunity for the flesh, but through love serve one another. For the whole Law is fulfilled in one word, in the statement, “You shall love your neighbor as yourself.” (Galatians 5:13-14)