Service: Simply A Response

Once you attend the Feast, life will never be the same again.

Last week was Talk 2 of the Extreme Makeover series: Serve. Through the worship songs, prayers and Bro. Randy Borromeo’s talk, our hearts were filled with God’s presence and love. Realizing the many things the Lord has done for us, it created a stirring within us, the desire to give back something in return. The best thing we can give is ourselves – our time, talent and treasure. That is how service begins for spiritual people.

The difference of being spiritual from being religious is that religious people do things out of duty, while spiritual people do things out of love. Religious people attend, spiritual people serve. Service is an act of love and an act of gratitude. The Lord blesses us with gifts which we do not need to work for. To fully enjoy these gifts, it would be best to put them to good use. We are grateful for the opportunity to serve the Lord for not everyone is given this chance.

Our model for service is no less than our blessed mother Mary, who said “I am the Lord’s servant.” Mary doesn’t take the glory;  she points to her son, Jesus. With her example of serving, the three S serve as our guide: Service, Simple and Sacrifice. Service means having a bias for action. We act right away once we see there is a need for volunteers. Simple means starting small. There is no big or small role in ministry. We don’t need elaborate gestures in order to serve. As long as what we do comes from the heart, the Lord sees it and delights in it. Sacrifice means offering something that does not cost us nothing, not necessarily of monetary value.

Sometimes we don’t even want to try because we are afraid we’ll fail. Yes means trust. When we are not able, God is. If we do our best, God will better our best. The story of the wedding at Cana where Jesus turned water into wine (John 2:1-11) was related by Bro. Randy. He related it to some of us who come bearing pails of water. We need the Lord to turn these into wine.

With Sis. Mayi Aguila’s wacky hosting and Bro. Audee Villaraza leading in worship, we joyfully respond to the call to serve, and sang with the vibrant Makati Feast music ministry…

Where you go, I’ll go. Where you stay, I’ll stay.
When you move, I’ll move; I will follow you.
Who you love, I’ll love. How you serve I’ll serve.
If this life I lose, I will follow you.
I will follow you.

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