Yesterday, my heart was broken at the news of the senseless shooting at the Freeway Church of Christ in White Settlement, Texas. It’s a horrible thing whenever innocent people lose their lives, especially in a place built for worship and praise to the most high God. One of the things that struck me when I was reading the news report was that the gunman walked up to servers during the communion service and opened fire. Did you get that? These Christian men met their Maker while serving during worship!
Most people think that it’s degrading to “serve” someone else – especially if they’re not getting paid for it. But, Paul urged the Galatians to “serve one another, humbly, with love.” (Galatians 5:13) Serving one another is an honor and a privilege. Jesus said, “The greatest among you will be your servant.” (Matthew 23:11) He demonstrated this principle when He humbled Himself and willingly served His disciples by washing their feet. (John 13:1-10) When Israel sinned, Samuel told them “But be sure to fear the Lord and serve Him faithfully with all your heart; consider what great things He hath done for you.” (I Samuel 12:24) He gave His life on the cross for you and for me.
These fellow servants of Christ in Texas died serving. May their families find comfort and peace in this knowledge. “Give me the heart of a servant. . .” God Bless, Courtney