5 REASONS WHY WE SERVE
1. To grow in your relationship with Christ.
When someone serves on a team, they are surrounded with other believers that can encourage and strengthen their walk with Christ. They are hearing and seeing the Gospel lived out. More than half of the Ten Commandments deal with Loving People, and there are countless passages that instruct us as believers to serve one another. So when we obey that, we can feel it spiritually. The Holy Spirit inside of you is doing the ‘happy dance’. Isn’t that amazing- that you can receive more out of serving, emotionally and spiritually, than those you are giving to?
2. It helps you discover the purpose and feel fulfilled.
When you serve and give up your time and energy for someone else, you get emotionally and spiritually recharged. It gives more meaning to your life as a servant of Christ. Volunteers have the opportunity in our environments to literally find purpose and meaning. You will find fulfillment in putting the needs of others above themselves.
3. To use your skills and talents for the Kingdom.
Each one of our volunteers have incredible skills, talents, and abilities. A lot of them are in day jobs that for one reason or another aren’t allowing them to use all the gifts they have. A good note here- as a Media Director, I would always take willing people onto the Media Production Team. They did not have to have any technical ability whatsoever.
In fact, sometimes, that worked out better because our team could train them from the ground up. But I also tried to create opportunities on our team that allowed people to flourish in the skills and gifts that God gave them.
For instance, what if you had an older lady on your team that knew nothing about technology but could cook and ‘mother’ your team? What if you had a great administrator that might not be able to keep pace with executing a worship service, but could help you schedule and follow-up with volunteers? Our volunteers want to use their gifts and skills for the Kingdom, it’s our job to create opportunities for them to be used.
4. Out of obedience to Jesus.
Mark 9:35 – “And He sat down and called the twelve. And He said to them, “if anyone be first, he must be last of all and servant of all”
Jesus commands us to serve others. When our volunteers serve the in church through our team, they are being obedient to what Jesus has called them to.
5. To follow Jesus’ example.
Philippians 2:5-7 – “Have this mind among yourselves, which is yours in Christ Jesus, who, though he was in the form of God, did not count equality with God a thing to be grasped, but emptied himself, by taking the form of a servant, being born in the likeness of men.”
God sent His son to be the ultimate servant. When our volunteers serve, they are following the very example Jesus set for us- giving of yourself for other people.