Membership Vows Series - Service
Who do you serve in your life? How?
Where is God calling you to serve? What is holding you back?
“As each has received a gift, use it to serve one another, as good stewards of God’s varied grace.”
When we think of service, it is easy to think of the many ways it affects our lives: we may choose a restaurant to dine in, an airline to fly with, a politician to vote for or even a church to attend based on how well they serve us. We write reviews, tell our friends or share on social media our experience with the ways people serve us. Our culture tells us that we deserve and should expect to be served well, but what does Jesus have to say about service?
Early in his ministry, Jesus gained followers based on messages that spoke of “the last being first” (Mat 20:16), telling his listeners that even he came “not to be served but to serve” (Mat 20:28). Jesus and his disciples were known for seeking out the poor, the lost, and the lonely, and treating them like sons and daughters. They served meals, washed feet, and many times just simply spent time listening to and loving people. Mostly, Jesus left people he encountered better than how he found them. And he told his followers to do the same.
So, as Christ followers and members of the church, we commit ourselves to serve as Jesus did. In a culture that tells us to demand being served well, we seek to be known for how well we serve and love others. Some of us are excellent hosts; some have a heart for the elderly; some of us are teachers, artists, or experts in business. We are all called to use these unique gifts from God to make others better physically, emotionally, or spiritually. When we serve others with our God-ordained gifts and talents, we tap into the power of the Holy Spirit and are part of changing the world in the name of Christ. We experience change within our own hearts, while getting to see change in the hearts of those we serve. We were designed to live lives defined by how we serve and love others, and when we live how we were designed, we get a glimpse of what the kingdom of God truly looks like.