Serving in the Local Church (Day Fifteen)

Created to Serve

Are you a deep thinker? Are you one of those people that takes 30 minute showers, pondering the meaning of life? Do you ever wonder what the purpose of your existence is?

Well, wonder no more. In Ephesians 2:10, Paul tells us what our purpose is; he tells us EXACTLY why we’re here. Let’s take a look.

“For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.” (NIV)

Ironically, the meaning of life really isn’t complicated at all. God created us, he created YOU, to “do good works”. If you’ve been born again, then you’re created to serve. That’s the reason for your existence! And that is why it feels more satisfying to give than to receive. When we give, when we serve, we’re fulfilling our purpose.

Why the Local Church?

In Galatians 6:10, we find the following: “Therefore, as we have opportunity, let us do good to all people, especially to those who belong to the family of believers.” (NIV)

God created us to serve all people, but Paul specifically instructs us to serve those belonging to the family of believers. Although you may have opportunities to help other believers out here and there during the week, your greatest opportunity to serve those belonging to the body of Christ is almost always going to be at church.

Evaluating Your Gifts

In his book “Do More Better”, Tim Challies writes, “It is not easy to live in this world. We human beings are finite creatures who face infinite demands. There are so many things we could do in our lives and in any given moment, but so few we can actually do. There are fewer still we can do with excellence…. Though time is so limited, the possibilities for using that time are unlimited”

Once you start looking to get involved in your church, you may find that the opportunities are overwhelming. There are so many different responsibilities/roles that you could get involved in. I want to strongly discourage you from taking on too much responsibility, especially at first. Start small. Look at your hobbies and where your natural gifts lie. Are you a gifted musician? Approach the worship leader of your church and see how you can get involved. Do you enjoy teaching? Maybe you would be able to help out in Children’s Church. But don’t try to do it at all. If you do, you will most likely find yourself burnt out to the point where you will either no longer be able to do any of it or no longer have a desire to.

Don’t Be Scared!

Finally, don’t be scared to try out different areas of ministry to find your niche. There are undoubtedly going to be specific responsibilities that you are better at, but you won’t be able to find those if you don’t experiment! Don’t assume you’re bad at anything before you’ve actually tried it. You can’t say you’re a bad teacher if you’ve never been given the opportunity to teach.

Also, realize that no matter where you end up serving, there’s going to be a learning curve. Whether it’s teaching, singing, playing an instrument, or anything else, you’re not going to start out as a pro. It’s going to take time, but you will get better. When I started playing the keyboard in my church four years ago, I was only playing with one hand. It’s a process! Don’t get discouraged.

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