“Whoever serves me must follow me; and where I am, my servant also will be. My Father will honor the one who serves me.”
John 12:26 NIV
In 2018, Canadians dedicated 5 billion hours to their volunteer activities, equal to over 2.5 million full-time year-round jobs in Canada. Formal volunteering is defined as activities conducted without pay on behalf of a group or organization, at least once in a 12 month period. Informal volunteering is defined as activities conducted without pay not on behalf of a group or organization, at least once in a 12 month period. 74% of Canadians volunteered informally, giving back 3.4 billion hours. 41% of Canadians volunteered formally, giving back 1.6 billion hours.
We have all met those who are selfish and self-centred. Narcissists think the world revolves around them, and everyone on the planet has been placed here to serve their needs. Sadly, these people tend not to have many friends, and those who hang around them are usually doing so because they are gaining something by it. There is no room for narcissism in the Kingdom of God. It is led by Jesus the Creator, King of kings and Lord of lords, who, the Bible says, did not come to be served but to serve and give His life as a ransom for many. The moment we give our lives to Jesus, we are called to serve others. Jesus says this in John 12:26: “Whoever serves me must follow me; and where I am, my servant also will be. My Father will honour the one who serves me.” Jesus has been our example. Now He calls us to serve Him. How do we do that? By serving others. In all things we are called to love as He loved, to serve as He served, to lay down our lives for others as He did.
These have been words from the heart.