Language #4: Acts of Service
Mark 10:45 “For even the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give His life a ransom for many.”
Jesus showed His love through acts of service. He showed his love by healing the blind, feeding the five thousand and raising Lazarus from the dead.
Jesus’ supreme act of service was His death on the cross. He said in John 15:13, “Greater love has no one than this, that one lay down his life for his friends.” Jesus, Himself, said that His death was a supreme act of love.
My opening blog about the love languages was an example of how I view love through acts of service. Let me reiterate.
“One of my love languages is food (Chapman would categorize it as an act of service). I feed people I love. I love taking the family out to dinner or barbecuing them a meal. It is my expression of love.
I think I know how this language developed.
When I was a boy, my father took me to see the Baltimore Colts and Johnny Unitas play the Los Angeles Rams in the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum. It was raining cats and dogs (an old person’s way of saying that it was raining really hard).
Because of the rain, my dad parked the car in the parking lot instead of at a friend’s house near the stadium. My dad didn’t like to park in the lot because it took so long to depart.
So, instead of fighting the parking lot traffic, my dad bought me a hamburger, French fries and a root beer and we sat in the car and ate our sumptuous repast. It was one of those moments that I felt loved and cared for by my father. I believed it influenced me greatly.
My mother also loved to cook for our family. I am sure it was her “love language.”
Acts of service demonstrated by Jesu are carried on by those who embrace it as their love language.
Something to think about…