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Spiritual Disciplines: Serving

November 17, 2019

God calls no one to idleness.  Hebrews 9:14 says we are to “serve the living God!”  Psalm 100:2 states that we are to “Serve the Lord with gladness.”

When we serve, we are taking our eyes off of us, and on to others.  Every one of us is gifted to serve.  The Holy Spirit has equipped us with various gifts so that He can use them to build up God’s people in the church, and to express God’s love to others.

Every Christian has at least one such gift, however, just because you have a primary gifting in an area, does not mean that you can’t exercise other gifts as needed.

We are the body of Christ.  We all need to play a part to advance the Kingdom.  Some of us might teach kids, others serve coffee, clean up, greet, host a small group, lead a small group, or visit someone who is sick in the hospital.

When we pull together, there is no stopping what God can do, as He works in and through us.

Romans 12: 4-8For just as we have many parts in one body, and not all parts have the same function, so we, being many, are one body in Christ, and all are parts of one another.  We have diverse gifts according to the grace that is given to us:  if prophesy, according to the proportion of faith; if service, in serving; he who teaches, in teaching; he who exhorts, in exhortation; he who gives, with generosity, he who rules, with diligence; he who shows mercy, with cheerfulness.

Our goal as followers of Christ is to be like Him.  In order to do this, we have to discipline ourselves to serve as Jesus served.

Luke 22:27“For who is greater:  he who sits at the table, or he who serves?  Is it not he who sits at the table?  But I am among you as He who serves.”

Jesus was always a servant, the servant of all.  He came to serve not to be served.  What if we all had the same mindset of Christ?  What if we walked into our church on Sunday morning with the attitude of “What can I do?” vs. “What can I get?”

People say in churches for two reasons.  “Meaningful relationships (community) and meaningful responsibility (serving).”

If you are currently serving our church and the body of Christ, thank you.  You are valued, appreciated and needed.  If you aren’t yet, I would encourage you to contact a staff member or pastor, fill out a connection card, or simply pray and ask God where He may be calling you to serve.  

If you would like help discovering your spiritual gifting, let us know, we’d be happy to help you unpack this.

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