by Evie Zook
For the next several weeks we will be focusing on and sharing stories about serving—both inside the church and out in the community. You might be asking why it is that we are making this a focus; why serve?
Perhaps the most obvious answer is because Jesus did. Jesus himself told us that “the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve others” (Mark 10:45). He was sent to fulfill a purpose given to him by his Father. And the amazing thing is that we—who are created in HIS image—have been given purpose as well! “We are God’s workmanship, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do” (Ephesians 2:10). Wow…talk about purpose!
But maybe you’re still wondering, “What does it really matter?” When we take that step to begin to move outside of ourselves and seek God’s will, something begins to happen inside of us. Our hearts are touched; the reality of our faith takes root; we begin to see people in a different way; we see a different meaning to life; we search God’s Word more deeply and personally. In other words, when we live with Jesus, a natural overflow is that God begins to open our eyes around us to the needs in the world. We overflow and love like Jesus. And as we live out of this serving, loving attitude, we lead others to do the same!
There are all kinds of ways God’s purposes are fulfilled. Many times we get hung up on our shortcomings: “Well, I can’t teach,” or “I’m not really good with words.” We assume somehow that there is nothing of real value that we can offer. In 1 Corinthians, Paul offers us a beautiful description of the value of each of our gifts in his analogy of the body: “If the ear says, ‘I am not part of the body because I am not an eye,’ would that make it any less a part of the body? In fact some parts of the body that seem weakest and least important are actually the most necessary” (1 Corinthians 12:16, 22). Do you speak well? Then find how God wants to use that gift. Are you a doer? Do you enjoy fixing things? How does God want to use those gifts to minister to others? Are you an encourager? Encourage well! Do you enjoy having people come to your home? Then do so for the glory of God!
There’s a purpose for us all! There’s room for EVERY gift. Do you know what your gift is? I encourage you to stop by Serve Point in the main lobby on Sunday and see the variety of ways to get involved, or complete our online survey, Finding My Best Place to Serve. We want to support and encourage you as you continue to grow in and through the process of serving.