I recently suggested that service was the cauliflower of Christianity. Like vegetables, service is something that can be done because it’s good for us, not because we like it.
The response afterwards from several people: "But I like cauliflower!"
I like it, too, now that I know how to cook it. The same lesson applies to service.
Service can mean a loss of freedom and control, offered out of obligation, duty or guilt. Jesus showed a different way to serve. He served freely and joyfully because service wasn't an obstacle to his life, it was the path to his purpose. We are told to “have this same mind...” (Philippians 2:5)
The essence of God is love, and that love flows through our lives as service. Rather than constricting our freedom, service brings to a new kind of freedom- the freedom to become our true selves.
Learning the right way cook cauliflower can enhance meals. Learning to serve well can change our life.
“I slept and dreamt that life was joy. I awoke and saw that life was service.
I acted and behold, service was joy.”
How will the love of God flow through your life today?