Deuteronomy 10:12, 20 (NIV)
And now, O Israel, what does the Lord, your God ask of you but to fear the Lord your God, to walk in all his ways, to love him, to serve the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and to observe the Lord’s commands and decrees that I am giving you today for your own good? Fear the Lord your God and serve him.
The Lord has called all believers to be “active priests” everywhere Jesus is allowed to rule. In a sermon, the Rev. Lee Laaveg reminds us that “serving others in love and offering the same grace and reconciliation God has given us a powerful way to live as ‘kingdom people’.” The early apostles appealed to the early church to be sure the Greek widows had enough food and a place to live.
Volunteerism is one thing we can do to strengthen the local church. There are many ways we can serve besides being a missionary or a minister. We can pray, sing, usher, and teach. As an expression of thanks, we can donate time, money, and expertise to help struggling churches and Christian businesses. Volunteerism extends to city streets, classrooms, churches, and mission fields. There are many opportunities here at Lewinsville, such as teaching, helping with the Bloodmobile, making coffee, offering hospitality, being Sunday morning greeters, preparing communion, driving LRR and Chesterbrook residents to services and other activities, sending boxes to service personnel and college students, going down to Miriam’s Kitchen, donating clothing and blankets to the needy, and working on the Summer/Winter mission projects. These are just a few of the ways we can serve.
In addition to helping others, volunteering is beneficial to us as we discover and develop our spiritual gifts, experience joy, strive to be more like Jesus, and work to increase our faith. Serving is good for your soul. It can ease stress and is the best distraction from our own problems.
Dear Lord, I pray for your continued guidance so that I may serve you and others with compassion and love. Amen.