I wanted to take a few moments to help everyone understand the importance and value of finding a place to serve within the church.
Not only is it important to the church and the lives that will be on the receiving end of these efforts, I also believe it is of great value to the one who is serving! Jesus said “Whosoever shall save his life shall lose it, but whosoever shall lose his life for my sake, shall find it.”
The world says, “Go for all the gusto you can get”, yet Christ says if I ask you to, would you be willing to give up everything you hold dear to follow me?
A story from the “Choice Gleanings” calendar illustrates the point.
Drifting snow and bitter cold threatened the lives of Indian evangelist Sadhu Sundar Singh and his Tibetan companion as they crossed a Himalayan mountain pass. Fighting the “sleep of death”, they stumbled over a mound in the trail. It was a man, half dead. The Tibetan refused to stop but continued on alone. The compassionate Sadhu, however, shouldered the burden the best he could. Through his struggling, he began to warm up, as did the unconscious man. But before reaching the village they found the Tibetan — frozen to death.
The principles that Jesus taught are still true: whoever shall save his life shall lose it; but whosoever shall lose his life for my sake shall find it!
This man made sure that self was taken care of, and in so doing died in the end as a result…
There’s a truth in volleyball that should apply to life… as long as you are serving, you cannot lose”.
Serving others is without a doubt a denial of self, and putting the needs of others before our own needs.
While I realize many of those who receive this letter are already actively serving within the church, there may be others who have yet to find that place of service where they both be a blessing, AND be blessed as well!
The church is strong, yet much stronger with dedicated volunteers, so I want to encourage you to consider where you can enjoy serving others!
Blessings in Christ!
Be a Great Volunteer