Breakfast in bed.
Wash her hair
Polish her shoes.
Massage her feet.
Wash the dishes.
The list goes on and on… Go to Pinterest and type in “Love Language–Acts of Service.” Pinterest can give you all kinds of ideas about doing special things for that loved one, maybe that spouse who really wants you to perform acts of service for them.
These ideas are wonderful in a marriage where you are trying to speak a love language that your significant other needs to hear. The ideas are wonderful to give that special someone when they just don’t know what an act of service is and you need them to perform an act of service for you from time to time.
But the title of our book is God Speaks Your Love Language. Dr. Chapman may have written books to help us with our earthly loved ones but in our book, he is focusing on the messages we receive from God.
What is the Acts of Service message? As God helped the Israelites in the Old Testament, we are to help others with our Acts of Service. As Jesus helped countless people with his miracles, we are to help others with our Acts of Service.
As God and His Son Jesus performed acts for us, we are to perform acts for others.
This is not easy. Why?
People are very unwilling to share their time to help others.
Some people don’t want to associate with people in need [“poor people make me uncomfortable.”]
Some people are lazy.
Some people are physically unable to perform some acts.
Acts of service mean you have to take a stand through the acts you perform and some people are scared to death to take a public position.
Some people just don’t care about the needs of others.
But what is God asking of us? As He and His Son served us, so we should serve others.
I have been honored to offer a class at church about John Wesley recently and in doing prep research and studying this famous Methodist’s life, Wesley understood Acts of Service.
Here’s his well-known motto for life:
“Do all the good you can,
by all the means you can,
in all the ways you can,
in all the places you can,
at all the times you can,
to all the people you can,
as long as you ever can.”
This man did not just profess a love for Jesus Christ; he acted out his love for Christ with the actions of his life.
Excuse me but this makes me proud to be a Methodist.
John Wesley’s life, “actions for service.”