Karma Yoga: The Path of Service
an introduction for Christians
“For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand to be our way of life.” Ephesians 2:10
Yoga means to yoke up or join with the higher consciousness of Love. For Christians, this Love is Christ. Karma yoga is the path of yoking to Christ through service. The selfless servant of Christ views the world through the lens of blessing others. The life of the humble servant is oriented around giving.
On the path of karma yoga, every task accomplished is done for Christ. When cooking a meal, it is prepared for Christ. When fixing a faucet, it is mended for Christ. When cutting hair, it is for the head of Christ, When cleaning a home, it is for the abode of Christ. When selling an item, it is for the enrichment of Christ. When assisting a customer, it is for the benefit of Christ.
The path of the selfless servant is particularly suited for people of action, those geared toward doing. Mother Teresa of Calcutta is a beautiful example of one who combined the paths of devotion (bhakti yoga) and service (karma yoga). Perhaps you can think of several people you know personally who are also living both of these paths.
There are many routes on the spiritual journey and a variety of callings in the body of Christ. We are one body and one Spirit in Beloved Christ. Following the path that best suits your natural temperament facilitates the revelation of the glory of God in you.
May your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and praise the Great Lover of us all.
Namaste (Christ in me greets Christ in you)