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A servant is defined as, “one who serves others.”  Throughout scripture we see the importance of laying down one’s self for the service of others. To live as Christ is to live as a servant.  Mark 10:45 tells us, “even the son of man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give His life a ransom for many.” And furthermore we were commanded to do the same. Philippians 1:4: “not looking at your own interests but each of you to the interest of others.”

One of our shared values at ODCS reads: Service is an essential discipline of the Christian Faith. Our service commitment reads: “The service commitment at ODCS is designed to help students display compassion, love for others, and put into action what they are learning in class.  Challenging the students to live out their faith practically is what ODCS is all about. The goal of the service program is for students to become aware of their responsibility to be of service to all.” Adhering to this commitment, ODCS has launched the schoolwide intuitive. - #ODCSserves

But as we serve, what makes us different? Many serve others; many use their time, talents, and efforts to make this world a better place, putting others above themselves.  1 Peter 4:10 has the answer to this vital question: “Each of you should use whatever gifts you have received to serve others, as faithful stewards of God’s grace in its various forms.”  A steward is someone who manages or looks after something. As “stewards of God’s grace” we serve to show a lost world the grace we have greatly received through Christ.

Our students have many opportunities to serve at the Salvation Army, Second Harvest Food Bank, Murray Ridge, Tent City, etc. As they serve with the heart of Christ, they take the light of Christ with them, thankful for opportunities to be stewards of God’s grace. They serve knowing that as they meet physical needs, God is working through them to meet a much deeper need - the need to know Him.  Here at ODCS service is about being more than servants, it is about the awesome privilege to be stewards of grace and to show a lost world the love of our Savior.