For even the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many. – Mark 10:45

JNS Service Project – Photo by Tracy Spencer

Serving. It is something that has never really been a big part for me growing up. I have volunteered and served on many occasions, but have never truly "served." Every time I would do something like volunteer work, my parents would sign me up or ask me if I wanted to do it with the only answer allowed being a yes. I would have fun serving at some of the places, but never really understood what it is like to serve spiritually and emotionally.

Whenever I would serve, it would always be something to involve my brother. We would do it for however many hours on the weekend and then go do another activity. I hadn't gotten the meaning of what it is like to serve for God and for your neighbors. 

This all changed when I was in middle school. I was growing up and was understanding more about what being a Christian is truly like. I also learned what serving is all about and how it is to help others and everything is for God without expecting anything in return. Each time I would serve since, I got a sense of satisfaction deep within me that let me know that I was not doing it just to do it, but to do it for Him. I would try to serve for activities that my parents didn't recommend and volunteered to be on a church committee. I have felt great about serving and am glad that I chose to do it.

We are called to serve each other. “I have shown you in every way, by laboring like this, that you must support the weak. And remember the words of the Lord Jesus, that He said, ‘It is more blessed to give than to receive.' ”  Acts 20:35.  When each of us serve one other, we are serving God and helping all things good. We are receiving each others' hospitality and our own by giving. We need to give to receive.

About Milan Steen
Milan Steen is a youth who participates at St. Thomas. Milan is part of the PACK and the Building and Grounds Committee, and is excited to serve for the church.