Nov. 24 - Your Unique Call to Serve
Think about a typical Sunday morning. Chuck and Jeanine greet you at the door, then you drop your toddler off to learn about Jesus from Karen Wilson and the Children’s Ministry team. You stop by the café to get a delicious coffee made by our Global Café team, then grab a bulletin and a smile from Amy and Johnny Edler and the Frontlines team. After rocking out with Nate Wagner and our worship team, you’re finally ready for the sermon. Before the lights (operated by yet another masterful volunteer team) can even catch the shine on Greg’s head, you’ve been served by dozens of people!
Why are these people willing to invest their free time into serving others on Sundays, Wednesdays, and throughout the week? They are privy to the joy that comes from being an active participant in God’s kingdom. They have experienced an unmatched growth in Christ from serving others and they wouldn’t miss it for the world. They know when they serve, they advance the kingdom in unique ways.
This isn’t just mumbo-jumbo to lure you into volunteering. A recent article in the Huffington Post shared that helping others produces dopamine and serotonin in our bodies, which help us to experience more happiness. Beyond that, stress is lowered, mortality rates are reduced, blood pressure is lowered, pain is alleviated and your career benefits. This could be a good motivator for those who aren’t following Christ, but for those of us who are, we’re responding to a higher calling.
Matthew 23:11 The greatest among you must be a servant.
Isaiah 58:10 Feed the hungry, and help those in trouble. Then your light will shine out from the darkness, and the darkness around you will be as bright as noon.”
1 Peter 4:10 God has given each of you a gift from his great variety of spiritual gifts. Use them well to serve one another.
Galatians 6:10 Therefore, whenever we have the opportunity, we should do good to everyone—especially to those in the family of faith.
So how do you get involved? Take a look at the unique gifts God has given you. Think you don’t have any? Look again:
“I don’t have any skills. I just like talking to people.” That’s a real gift! We can use you on the Frontlines team.
“I’m too busy raising my kids to help.” You can work with the Children’s Ministry. Your kids are already there!
“I just like messing around on the computer. What good does that do?“ The Website Team could use you!
“I like to talk to teens about Jesus. And I love to play games!” Nate could use your help with the Youth Ministry!
“I just want to spend time getting to know other couples.” The Marriage Ministry may be just what God is calling you to!
“I love kicking a soccer ball.” David Mabry would like to talk to you about Sports, Rec and Fitness Ministries.
There are endless ways to use the unique gifts God has given you. Don’t know where to start? Text “Serve” to 33777 and select the ministries you’re curious about. Someone will reach out and take it from there!