2 Ways to Know You are a Serving Church
15 March 2018 | By Sheryl Rajesh
“Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for men, since you know that you will receive an inheritance from the Lord as a reward. It is the Lord Christ you are serving.” Colossians 3:23-24
The dictionary has many interesting insights of the word ‘serve‘, I happen to like ‘to be of use‘ the most.
When I got saved and committed to a church, the one thing I noticed was everyone from the Pastor to the youth were ‘of use‘ in the church. I saw everyone play a small part in either setting up the music instruments or arranging the chairs or filling drinking water before the service started.
So if you are rooted in a church, you are called to serve and not just be a visitor every Sunday. Jesus also came to serve and not be served (Matthew 20:28).
Here are 2 ways to find out if you are serving in a church –
1) Being a brother/sister –
My Pastor once said there are 2 kinds of people in a church ‘A doer & A receiver‘. Do you notice, as soon as the service is over, some people engage in praying or ministering to a fellow believer. They are the doers… When a doer notices a need in a church, they don’t need to be told, they just do it. As each one has received a gift, minister it to one another, as good stewards of the manifold grace of God. (1 Peter 4:10-11).
Serving at a church can be in different ways, no way is big or small. You could either be taking care of the Children Ministry or opening the lock of the church every Sunday. Be encouraged, both jobs are of utmost importance.
As we have therefore opportunity, let us do good unto all [men], especially unto them who are of the household of faith. (Galatians 6:10)
2) Add a portion of love –
Serving should be out of love and not out of a checklist. You will only enjoy your job, if you love to do it. Our motivation to serve should be love, as Apostle Paul says in 1 Corinthians 13 without love it profits me nothing.
I love the serving heart of the kitchen team at our church, they put so much thought in what they do. You know they are driven by love, when you get a hot cup of tea on a cold Sunday morning and a chilled glass of lemonade on a hot summer day.
A Christian is called to serve the LORD with gladness (Psalms 100:2). Your gladness is infectious, it will bring a smile on someone’s face.
John 13 tells us, Jesus washed the Disciples’ feet, this is an act of a serving heart. If I ever knew I did not have much time left on earth, I would probably call everyone to say a final goodbye or have made a bucket list. Jesus on the other hand, choose to serve us selflessly even in His last hour. According to the Hebrew tradition this act of washing the feet is done by the lowest servant in the masters house. So be joyful to serve wherever you are needed.
If you identify yourself in the ‘doer’ category, I say keep going.
For those who are not, there is no condemnation for you. Start today!
I pray that a seed of service is sown in your heart today as you read this. From today, expect the Holy Spirit to reveal every big/small need of the church to you. And when you see the need, JUST DO IT.