5 Reasons To Serve This Month
We all want to be people who make a difference. The problem is that we are also busy, drift to being self-focused, and we can hesitate to commit.
Pushing past these obstacles and taking the plunge is worth it for you, Jesus, and the church. Here are a few reasons why it's important and worthwhile.
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1. It's Practical - not Magical.
We are the church. The church is a community of people and the organization, Sunday Gatherings, and events occur because people make it happen. There are no magical fairies that show up to set up chairs or cut the grass. Angels don't make the coffee. God has left that work to his people, the church. Practically, if you don't make it happen then who will make it happen? To make one Sunday Gathering happen it takes 25+ servants, 21+ volunteer hours, and about $3500. It's practical. We all have a part to play. We can all participate. If not you - then who?
2. Personal Maturity.
Humbling myself to serve others consistently is a marker of (and path to) maturity. Jesus humbled himself and served and his followers do the same. Consider a family meal, a child doesn't contribute, they make a mess and adults clean-up after them. But as one matures they contribute. Teenagers help out more than toddlers. But when an adult family gets together, it is healthy for everyone to pitch in, to offer to bring something, cook, or clean-up. If you want to mature, start to contribute and serve. Serving is a great way to mature spiritually and in the end, you will miss out if you don't. Don't miss out on what God wants to do in you!
3. Participate in leaving an eternal legacy.
Are you a part of Jesus' church? If you are a part of the church, then be a part of the church. Participate, serve, give. Be a part of what Jesus is doing - don't miss out. Jesus is changing lives, changing destinies and bringing renewal - and you can be a part of it. Everything we are doing is participating in making Jesus known and you can be a part of this legacy. A church exists, disciples are being made, lives are changed, churches are being started in Costa Rica, slaves are being freed in India, a gospel witness continues - and you can be a part of it. What a privilege! When you participate you can then celebrate. You can rejoice in the gift of being a part of giving yourself to an eternal legacy.
4. The Sidelines get too crowded.
Let's be honest, there will also be spectators on the sidelines. There will always be newcomers and hurting people who come to consume but aren't contributing. But the sidelines aren't where we want to end up. We aren't destined to be benchwarmers. We are made to get into the game. There is enough room in the game for you and honestly, being in the game is more fun and life-giving. The sidelines are crowded enough. It's time to get into the game.
5. Followers of Jesus - Follow Jesus.
Are you a follower of Jesus? If so, then it truly matters, for your heart, your life, Jesus' mission, and the good of others that you follow Jesus' example. Jesus humbled himself and served and said that his followers would follow his example. Following Jesus' isn't a private journey, it's a communal one. And as we follow in his ways, he will give us strength in our weakness and he will lead us to a fullness of life. Self-focus doesn't lead to self-fulfilment. Jesus invites us to follow him, to humble ourselves, connect to him, and serve others. As we do so, we will discover how he has gifted us and find that it truly is better to give than to receive.
Start somewhere. Be Consistent.
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Central & Secondary
As a church, we encourage everyone to chat with a leader and discern their central serving role and their secondary serving role. The aim is to connect our central area of service to our gifting. And then, practically, there are needs around us that need to be met. A secondary serving role focuses on the needs of the community (after all, who is gifted and passionate about setting up chairs, cutting grass, or setting up communion?).
In the end, our gifts and resources are given to build others up. So it isn't about us. It is about Jesus and what he wants to do in and through us to benefit others. Sometimes this involves us humbly serving as an act of love (sounds likes Jesus doesn't it).
I am heading to the field and ready to play. The bench is looking a little boring and the sidelines a little crowded. How about you come and jump in the game? The coach said we could use another player like you.