In the classic movie White Christmas, a rather cynical Bob Wallace (played by Bing Crosby) tells Betty Haynes (played by Rosemary Clooney), "Everybody's got an angle." Everybody, he thinks, is looking out for himself or herself first, making sure their own needs are met, regardless of anyone else's.
That movie was made back in 1954, but some things never change, do they? We live in a selfish society, one in which each person keeps his or her eyes on their own individual prize. And that's exactly why an excited, motivated, God-led, selfless Christian can have such a significant impact.
This coming Sunday, we will address the topic of service, and it's so much more than just making sure that all of the items on the church's to-do list are marked off through volunteer activities. Serving others actually gives us an opportunity to be more like Jesus, the most selfless servant of all. Here's a reminder through this week's Scripture verse: "I, the Son of Man, came here not to be served but to serve others, and to give my life as a ransom for many" (Matt. 20:28 NLT).
When we truly understand the depths of what God has done for us, our natural response is to do something in return. The beautiful thing, though, is that God has uniquely gifted us with different passions and interests, so we can bless God-and bless others-through things we can enjoy. Service doesn't have to be drudgery. As a matter of fact, it shouldn't be. When we are serving in our "sweet spot" we don't bored or burned out. That's why it is so important to serve out of your giftedness. If you haven't taken the spiritual gifts assessment on our website, please do. This is our own unique assessment we had created a few years ago. Click right here to take it now.
There are many opportunities to serve within the church to make things that need to happen around here happen! However, there are many, unlimited even, opportunities in your life, where you have passion and God has placed a burden on your heart. Go for it! Take God up on those needs! Do something to help. Please, think of service in places other than inside the church building. You have my blessing!
Just know, many people volunteer with the expectation of what they'll get in return. Just as Bing Crosby said, a lot of people really do have an angle, expecting recognition or reward for their time and effort. However, serving in the name of Jesus to expand God's kingdom may not get you any recognition or awards.
So what about you? What are the places you serve, and what are the reasons you do so?
Grace and peace,