HOLY HABITS 4: Serving
‘…whatever you did for one of these least brothers of mine, you did for me.’ Matthew 25:40
Contrary to common belief, a minister is not just one that leads the church or worship services. A ‘minister’ or ‘deacon’ in the early church was one selected to serve others in the congregation. This servant leadership was based on the leadership style that Jesus modeled and demonstrated in his own ministry.
He said, ‘even the son of man came not to be served, but to serve and to give his life as a ransom for many’.
By nature, we are self-absorbed and self-centered. Sometimes we wonder as we meet people, ‘What can this person do for me?’ Only Christ in us makes us self-less and servant-minded so that we wonder instead, ‘What can I do for this person?’
If we are followers of Jesus we will undoubtedly be serving others in the church, in the community and in the wider world as we can. The TEAR Fund strap line; ‘Following Jesus where the need is greatest’ seems to catch both the character of Jesus (to be drawn to where the need is) and our response (to do exactly the same) because although …
We are not saved by serving; we are saved for serving
We serve in response to the love of God for us; because it is a privilege to serve Him and because of the example of Jesus; because our service brings the good and beautiful ways of God into the world. It is through our service that his love is made real in ways that others experience for themselves.
Serving within the church is one of the best ways of getting to know each other and truly belonging to the church. When each member of the church contributes their own gifts (whether of time or resources or of their particular talents or experience) It strengthens the whole church and enables it to function healthily as the body of Christ for our community.
Notice what is done around the church and say thank-you to those who do it.
God has gifted each of us uniquely and each of us contributes uniquely to the life of the church – find that place in our church life where you contribute best.
All of us can leave a situation better than we found it: Pick up litter around St Giles village; stop and chat with a neighbour; pray with a friend…
Allow yourself to be served (sometimes harder than serving others!). It is Christ who is delighted to serve you.
It would take several volumes to appreciate properly the time and work given freely to keep our church life so rich and joyful; THANK-YOU TO ALL OF YOU! Together we have the privilege of being the body of Christ to serve this community.
Thank those who serve in our church
Volunteer in our church
Leave things better than as you found them
Allow yourself to be served