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Spiritual Practice

POWER IN SERVICE

Kate Underwood & Adrian Agachi

My church is part of a ministry to feed the hungry. Actually, the church shares the lease on a building with a local soup kitchen. In a typical week, the church uses the building for worship services, weddings, Bible studies, and other regular church activities. On Wednesday evenings, the building is turned over to Feed ‘em Soup for their weekly meal.

Both groups benefit from the union. Plus, our church members are encouraged to help with the hunger ministry by donating food supplies or volunteering to serve meals on Wednesday nights.

“The greatest among you will be your servant.”
Matthew 23:11 (NRSV)

How can you serve—through a soup kitchen? a children’s ministry? visiting the elderly? Think about your skills and your passions. Then find a way to reach out to others.

—Kate Underwood

 

CONSIDER: Misusing power is easy. True power is “powered” only when we consider ourselves servants of others and not their masters. When we consider ourselves masters, we become the slaves of power. Only when we realize that we are servants of other people can we be true masters of power. Instead of becoming a slave of power, use your power to become a servant of others.

—Adrian Agachi

—from devozine (September/October 2013). Copyright © 2013 by The Upper Room®. All rights reserved.

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