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Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Should I Serve


I am reading a great book right now and the author shared a statistic that is very sad but I do know it is very true.  Here is what the stat said…

“Typically, 95% of people in a church are sitting, soaking and souring with 5% are serving.”

Christ Central Alachua is not your typical church so this thankfully does not apply to us.  Last month I calculated the percentages for our volunteer base and it is not 5% BUT 60%.  I have never been a part of a church where 60% of the adults are actively involved in serving.

So, if you are still debating with whether or not you want to serve in your church, let me encourage you to do so with a few facts about serving.

#1.  Serving is an act of worship.
When someone presents themselves to God as a willing servant, they are worshiping Him.  Let’s look at a little insight from Paul shall we…

And so, dear brothers and sisters, I plead with you to give your bodies to God because of all he has done for you.  Let them be a living and holy sacrifice- the kind he will find acceptable.  This is truly the way to worship him.  Romans 12:1

#2. You are growing as a disciple of Christ when you serve.
If you are not serving in your local church chances are you are not sharing your faith with others, spending time in the Word and prayer nor giving in a God-honoring way.

In short, if a person is not serving and giving, most likely they are not able to honor God with all the other areas of their life. Serving is an act of offering your whole self to God.  Therefore it is a great indicator that you are growing as a disciple of Christ.

#3. If you are not serving you are not truly growing in your faith.
Your level of service is a great measuring stick for your spiritual growth. 

Think of it in football terms.  Go to any college or NFL game and you will see 22 men on the field who are desperately in need of rest and tens of thousands of people in the stands in need of exercise.

If you are sitting on the sidelines then that is a good indicator you need to ‘exercise your faith’ through serving.

#4.  You are never more like Christ than when you are serving others.
Jesus himself said, “For even the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve others.”

Serving is an expression of your selflessness.  It can be awkward and messy at times but nothing is more rewarding or Christlike. 

#5. Serving non-Christians opens them up to Christ.
There have been almost 100 people who have found new life in Christ this year alone at CCA. Saying “Welcome to CCA”, shaking a hand, parking a car, putting out signs for clear direction of where to go, seating a family may seem like mundane acts, but it is the first glimpse of Jesus those 100 people saw. 

They felt loved, welcomed and served which allowed them to open their hearts and minds to our Worship and Word that ultimately led to their salvation.

So today, if you are not serving in your church I encourage you to prayerfully consider it.

And if you attend CCA and would like more info on serving then click here.  We would love to have you grow and worship with us through serving!!

#LoveGod

#LovePeople

#ServeOthers





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