This week Ken and I have been helping with our church’s annual Vacation Bible School in the evenings after work. We help in the kitchen serving the food that we give the children each night at the beginning of the evening.

It is “kid food,” like and pigs in a blanket (hot dogs wrapped in crescent rolls and baked). Ken and I help serve and clean up after.

I thought tonight as we were coming home that there is something very deeply satisfying about serving others, one, and two, about doing it together with your spouse and other believers. Even though my motive gift (Romans 12) has always been works of service, and it’s where I get the most joy, it can apply to every believer.  It’s a bond that you form with other believers when you are serving together. It’s absolutely joyous and that is how I feel tonight.

Not only are we contributing to the spiritual lives of many children, but we are building the foundations and the walls of covenant relationships with other believers. There is something wondrous about committing to a local fellowship, contributing with our finances and prayer and gifts, and just staying there, through good, bad, and trials, even when you want to quit. It changes you from the inside out.

Mark 9:35

New King James Version (NKJV)

35 And He sat down, called the twelve, and said to them, “If anyone desires to be first, he shall be last of all and servant of all.”

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