The most incredible aspect of Christ’s mission here on earth is that He died for our sins – with no strings attached. Although our lives are richest when we follow in His footsteps, He didn’t die because we love him, He died so that we can have the opportunity to love Him.
At the South Bay Bible Church, we want to follow in the footsteps of Christ. One way we’re striving to do this is with an emphasis on servant evangelism. That is, we are striving to love and serve others – with no strings attached.
In Matthew, Jesus tells us that Christian love is loving others even when they don’t respond in kind:
“If you love those who love you, what reward will you get? Are not even the tax collectors doing that? And if you greet only your own people, what are you doing more than others? Do not even pagans do that? Be perfect, therefore, as your heavenly Father is perfect.” – Matthew 5:46-48
While some churches will only interact with and befriend people if they think there is a chance of converting that individual, we strive to love everyone – regardless of who they are, how they treat us, and whether or not they will ever join our community.
Of course, this is easier said than done. Although there are many ways to love others with no strings attached, here are a few ways that you can implement servant evangelism into your life right now:
- Smile and respond positively to everyone you come in contact with.
- The next time you go out to eat, leave a great tip with a note that says “Jesus loves you.”
- Offer to help a neighbor with their yard work.
- Steer conversations away from negativity, racism, and prejudice – encouraging a more positive topic.
- As a family, pray for a different person every night – including family, friends, and acquaintances.
- Try to befriend someone who you know has few friends.
- Anonymously leave a bag of groceries on someone’s front step with a thoughtful note or Bible verse.
- Start every morning with a prayer asking God to bring someone into your life whom you can impact that day.
- Have a conversation with a homeless person. If you want to feed him lunch, great – but that’s not the goal. The goal is to learn his story and truly listen to him.
- Pay for someone in line behind you at a fast food restaurant, grocery store, or toll plaza, and then, pay for their meal. (I love doing this at a drive through, and I give the drive through worker a little card I printed up “This Meal’s On Us!” It goes on to say, “It’s our simple way of saying that God loves you.” You can pick up some of these cards in the church foyer.
- Write a letter telling someone how much you appreciate something that they did for you – either recently or many years ago.
- Deliberately compliment each one of your family members every single day.
- When someone you know is going through something challenging, simply tell them that you are praying for them and ask if they would like to pray right then and there.
- Knit a scarf or blanket for someone who needs it.
- Offer free babysitting for a young couple to enjoy a date night.
If you want to get serious about servant evangelism with a group of friends, consider these 94 great ways to connect with servant evangelism.
As we continue to love and serve others unconditionally, God will undoubtedly bless us with great opportunities, new friends, and a slightly happier world.
Keywords: Serving Others, Share Gods Love