When you bathe the one you are serving with love, you enter into a partnership with the Spirit of God. Bathing someone is done so with tenderness, gentleness and compassion. As you serve with selfless love, the Spirit of God breathes life into that individual. When you serve in this manner, you attract the Holy Spirit and the impact that your loving act will have on the one being served won’t be anything less than extraordinary. The reason for this is because it is the Holy Spirit who ministers to the soul of the one you are loving. Therein, lies the secret to serving for maximum impact.
When you lovingly express kindness, it paves the way for the Holy Spirit to revive, refresh, and rejuvenate the soul. This is how you partner with the Holy Spirit. It’s not any more complicated than that.
Here are 3 simple things you can do today to partner with the Holy Spirit. For further reading, check out “4 Steps to Developing a Servant’s Heart“.
Find a Mom at Checkout, and offer to Help her put her Groceries in her Car
Usually, a Mom who has just finished grocery shopping with her kids in the cart, is tired and probably frustrated. She simply wants to get the kids in the car and make her way home. By helping her get her groceries to the car for her, you help alleviate the stress that she is feeling, and your act of kindness will not be forgotten. Remember, your purpose is to give, not get. Don’t use this as an opportunity to “witness” to her. Simply demonstrate the Gospel and let the Holy Spirit minister to her. (For obvious reasons, only women should employ this ministry opportunity.
Have “Papa John’s” or “Domino’s Pizza” Delivered
Order pizza and have it delivered to your next door neighbor for dinner. Be sure that all expenses are paid for (including tip), prior to delivery. If they usually get home from work at 5:30 pm, ensure that it is delivered at 5:45 pm. You may even want to put a post-it note on their door that reads, “Dinner is on me tonight. I just wanted to express God’s love in a practical way. Your Pizza will arrive at 5:45 pm, everything has already been taken care of. Enjoy!”.
Engage in Conversation for the Purpose of Listening
All too often, we engage in conversation so that we can convey our opinion. Be honest, when was the last time that you engaged in conversation with no hope or expectation of being heard? Genuinely listening to someone speaks volumes. It shows that you really care about them. You don’t need to “council”, just . . . listen.
I encourage you to employ these examples and to be on the lookout for other opportunities to partner with the Holy Spirit. You will find that as you look for such opportunities, you will find that they arise all the time, every day. Remember, when you start serving others with love, you attract the Holy Spirit, who will then do the real ministering.