Growing up in a Christian family, weekly cell group gathering at my house was no stranger to me. Since young, I have been watching my mum serve other brothers and sisters, aunties and uncles, wholeheartedly. Despite the amount of work it would take to clean up the house and cook for 20 odd people each week, my mum always did it with a joyful heart. She would always remind me, “It is more blessed to give than to receive.” Furthermore, she would also constantly remind me, “When you are able to give, you give; and if you are able to serve, you serve.” Growing up with such influence, serving was second nature to me, and I enjoy it.

A few months ago, I was asked by my leader to host two Hope Church delegates from Singapore who were coming to Brisbane for our annual Oceania Convention. However, having the knowledge that my roommate will be away during that period of time made me really anxious – as I would be the main host to our guests! Although I love to serve people, I feel really uncomfortable interacting with “strangers”. On the day they arrived, I still remember standing awkwardly in my own home, and did not know what to do! But thank God, as both of them are leaders back in Singapore, they knew how to handle my awkwardness and soon after, the ice was broken.

During their stay, I was really glad to have had the opportunity to cook and look after them – to honour them as leaders. In their eyes, it might seem like I did a lot for them, but to be honest, I felt what I have learnt from them – being humble, having a sincere heart for everyone, being loving and encouraging – is way more than what I could have done for them.

So why should we serve? Because Jesus Christ Himself came as human flesh to serve His people (Philippians 2:7-8). I would like to end with one scripture to encourage everyone. Matthew 25:40, “I tell you the truth, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers of mine, you did for me.” Amen.

 

Jessica Chen
Dual Degree in Bachelor of Information Technology and Creative Industries
Uni-Generation UQ 8, St Lucia Afternoon Service

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