Our culture has a very me-centered mindset. What do I want? How can others meet my needs? What can you do for me? We get so caught up looking at ourselves we miss out on the very real needs of those around us. Needs may not always be obvious like the need for food and shelter. Someone may need an encouraging word, a friend to listen or the truth from God’s word. If we’re not looking out for the needs for those around us, we are missing out on amazing opportunities God has to use us in the lives of others. Who in your life has a need God has gifted you to meet today?
SERVICE: Seeing a need and meeting it out of a heart for God.
MEMORY VERSE: “For even the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve others and to give His life as a ransom for many.” MARK 10:45 (NLT)
This Week’s Finish Line: See a need. Meet the need.
In Luke 10:30-37, Jesus tells a story of what it means to serve someone selflessly. A man was attacked and robbed on the winding desert road from Jerusalem to Jericho. Left for dead, he was helpless and in desperate need. The first two people to cross his path saw his need but were too concerned with themselves to stop and help. Then the most unlikely servant came along, a Samaritan. Jews and Samaritans did not get along but that didn’t stop this man from abandoning his plans to help the need he saw. The Samaritan sacrificed what he had to care for the injured and never expected anything in return. At the end of the story Jesus calls us all to “Go and do likewise.” There are needs all around us if only we will stop and see them. God gives us what we need to be the servants He calls us to be to a world in need.
- What gifts did the Samaritan use to serve the man? What did he have to sacrifice in order to meet the injured man’s needs?
- What are some reasons you give to not meet a need you see?
- Read 1 Peter 4:8-11. Who gives us what we need to serve others? What gifts has God given you that you can use to meet others’ needs?
- What is the point of serving others? Why should we meet the needs that we see? (see 1 Peter 4:11)
Bring It Home Activities
1. Secret Servants
Designate this week a “Secret Service” week. Encourage your family to try and serve each other without being found out. Extend your serving to your friends and neighbors around you. Be on the lookout for needs that you come across in your daily life and brainstorm with your family how you can meet those needs. At the end of the week celebrate all of the ways God used you to serve others.
2. Serve your Community
Watermark’s External Focus team has put together an amazing resource of ways you and your family can serve your community this summer and throughout the year. Our ministry partners have a variety of ways where you can show your kids what it looks like to serve others throughout the Dallas area. Jump in with Second Saturday, Brother Bill’s Helping Hand, Mercy Street and many others to meet the needs of those around you.
3. Significant Summer
All throughout the summer, we are challenging parents to make the time they have with their kids significant. Take time this summer to intentionally disciple your kids in 4 areas: Grow, Play, Serve and Rest. You can download a free copy of our Significant Summer booklet filled with ideas for you and your family to not waste your summer. Track the fun things your family did on the Significant Summer chart and tell us about it on social media using #sigsummer14.
Thank God for how He meets the needs you have in ways you may not expect. Ask Him to help you see the needs of those around you and give you what you need to meet those needs. Thank Him for meeting your most desperate need, the need for the Good News of Jesus and salvation!
Next week we will look at the lives of two sisters, Mary and Martha, as we learn what it means to serve out of a heart for God.
Has your family done anything significant this summer? Be sure to share it with us, using the hashtag #sigsummer14 on Twitter, Instagram, & Facebook!