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Ray Parascando - July 9, 2017

Living A Lifestyle Of Service

There is a mindset that goes on when you put on an apron; whether at home cooking, waiting tables as a job, or if you’re in a woodshop or garage building something; there’s something about putting on an apron that spurs a person into a service mentality of delivering on what they need to do. Like putting on an apron, throughout the scriptures, God gives us an understanding of putting on the mindset of service. God never intended serving God, and serving others as an hour sheet that needs to be filled. We should never look at serving God and others as just fulfilling a requirement, or just volunteering just because I’m needed, it’s much deeper than that. If you want to grow spiritually, you want to model the mindset of service in your life. To live out God’s best for your life, serving is to be a mindset and attitude that you put on, and a lifestyle that you live out daily.

Scripture References: Mark 10:35-45

From Series: "Apron Of Service"

It is no secret that the world is getting more self-centered with each passing day. In certain church circles, topics like material prosperity and creeds of self-help are taking priority over the humble teachings found in the Scriptures. Even volunteer opportunities have turned into a social media hashtag event of being noticed. All of this adds up to a self-serving focus of getting rather than giving. God desires, however, that His people would have an active faith by serving. First Peter 5:5b says, “All of you clothe yourselves with humility toward one another.” To clothe yourself with humility literally means to put an apron on of service, much like Jesus did while serving His disciples. Perhaps this was the very example and model Peter had in mind as he wrote this verse. Apron Of Service looks at the attitude and meaning of putting on the Apron of Service as well as how serving connects to the overall Christian lifestyle. Embracing the understanding of serving as laid out in the Scriptures is vital to growing and living out the Christian faith.

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