A couple of weeks ago I completed some training from my company’s human resources department on how to conduct myself in the workplace. I will not go over the topics here, but I do think I could sum up the entire program (several hours) in one statement made by Jesus in the Sermon on the Mount –
So in everything, do to others what you would have them do to you, for this sums up the Law and the Prophets. – Matthew 7:12
Also, near the end of His ministry on Earth, Jesus told His followers that “all people will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another.” (John 13:35)
What does love look like? I think if love is apparent as we serve one another and serving is expressed by every part of our lives. Consider what Paul wrote to the church at Colossae:
“And whatever you do, in word or deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him. ”
Colossians 3: 17
Thinking and Speaking
With our words, we have the opportunity to express our love and affection. Our words can motivate and teach. Our words can correct and encourage. And we all know our words can do much harm. But what difference would it make in our lives today if we first gave thought to our words? What if we spoke every word so that is honored Jesus? Think about that the next time you’re tempted to post something on social media.
“Actions Speak Louder than Words.”
How do you serve others? Earlier in Colossians 3, Paul tells us to “put on the new self… put on…compassion, kindness, humility, meekness, and patience…bearing with one another…forgiving each other…put on love…be thankful…teaching and admonishing one another…”
The phrase “put on” speaks to the responsibility we have to put our service into action. So let us think about our actions? Are we reflecting the ideals of Christ?