Serving others can be exhausting. So what is it that motivates us to serve? It's easy to serve for our own glory, to become wrapped up in our own goodness. Yet God challenges us to serve not out of love for ourselves but to develop the heart of Christ for others. This guide explores the disciplines of serving and secrecy. Service done in secret can eliminate prideful motivations and help us enjoy partnering with God. We learn to "be" even as we "do". 6 studies with notes for leaders.
A Formatio book. Serving others can be exhausting. So what is it that motivates you to serve? It's easy to serve for your own glory--to become wrapped up in your own goodness. Yet God challenges you to serve not out of love for yourself but to develop a Christlike love for others. In this Bible study guide, Jan Johnson covers the disciplines of service and secrecy. Going deeper in these areas will help you to avoid prideful motivations and to enjoy partnering with God. You learn to "be" even as you "do."
Jan Johnson is the author of over twenty books and more than a thousand magazine articles and Bible studies. A speaker, teacher and spiritual director, she writes primarily about spiritual formation, social justice and living with purposeful intentionality. Her books include , (editor), , and the Spiritual Disciplines Bible Study Series. She holds a DMin in Ignatian spirituality and spiritual direction from the Graduate Theological Foundation and lives with her husband in Simi Valley, California.
"Jan Johnson gives realistic direction on what we can do to make connecting with God the basis of day to day existence. Such a relationship cannot be handed to us, but we can be led into it by someone who knows the way. She does. She opens a path on which anyone can actually and continuously grow in grace and in the knowledge of Jesus Christ--anyone, no matter their background or circumstances."