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3 Reasons You Should Be Serving in Your Church

Whether you love your church or you’re struggling through some church boredom, it’s easy to get stuck in a rut. We go through the motions of attending the service, greeting our friends, shaking hands and heading to lunch. Sometimes this goes on for years! But church is more than a social event. It’s a place for the body of believers to learn and thrive.

If this isn’t happening in your church experience, you might consider switching churches. But before you do, ask yourself: “Am I serving in my church?” For many young people, youth group and the main service are the extent of their interaction with fellow believers. But the church doesn’t exist just to pour into us. A growing faith requires action, and that means pouring into others. You should be serving in your church, and here’s why.

 

1. Serving puts feet to your faith.

The apostle Paul advised the Galatian church to express the freedom of faith through service, saying:

 

But don’t use your freedom to satisfy your sinful nature. Instead, use your freedom to serve one another in love. (Galatians 5:13)

 

Christ has brought us a beautiful freedom: the freedom to walk with God! Before Christ, we couldn’t commune with the Lord—we were impure. Now that we can walk with Him, we have a choice: use our freedom to go back to our old ways or serve one another.

Service is an expression of true faith. If we say we love Christ, but refuse to actively love our fellow Christ-followers, what do we think faith is about? Jesus Himself made a point of serving humanity everywhere He went—even to the point of death. Our “death” is far less than what He experienced. It is the awkwardness of learning something new, the uncomfortable adjustment to our schedule or the inconvenience of staying late. But that’s what love is: a sacrifice.

 

2. Serving connects you with others.

Serving your church connects you with fellow believers. If you attend a large church, it can be hard to meet people outside your immediate circle. Serving is a great way to find people you may otherwise never meet during or after the service.

In every church I’ve attended (and I’ve attended many, in four different states), I usually serve in the kitchen. I’ll prepare refreshments, assist with events and help set up for dinners. Working in this capacity has introduced me to wonderful men and women of God who’ve ministered to me in lasting ways. You never know who you’ll meet when you choose to serve!

 

3. Serving cultivates humility and love.

Finally, service is a reflection of God’s heart. From the beginning, God has been humbly and lovingly serving humanity: providing for our needs, bearing with our sinfulness and making a way for us to know Him. When we think we’re too good for service—or too busy, a more common excuse—we’re saying we won’t do something that God Himself does for us every day. Yikes!

You don’t have to have amazing skills to serve. You just need to be willing. But if you do have a gifting—and most of us do!—that is your opportunity to share it with fellow believers.

If you’re not already serving, start seeking an opportunity today. Leave an imprint where you are and you’ll see God make an impact on your heart.

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  1. Project Inspired

    Posted by MegiMoose98 on September 6, 2016 at 17:07

    This is so true. I’ve been at my church for almost a year, and the difference between me before serving and afterwards, is significant. It started out with working in the nursery, then helping with childcare on woman’s ministry nights. And I finally began to feel like I was where I was supposed to be. Now some leadership in our church is changing, so I’m going to be serving in the youth ministry too. (I graduated high school last spring.) And I might help out by singing in the worship band again.

    I can tell you from personal experience, that serving- through childcare, worship team, youth ministry, and even cleaning up and setting up- is vastly rewarding. I went from being on the fence about my church, to feeling engaged and at home. I know part of this is that God has me where he wants me to be right now. Serving made that clear to me.

    So if you’re unsure if you want serve, or maybe you’re not sure how, I recommend:
    1. Pray, pray, pray. Ask God (first) where and how He wants you to serve.
    2. Think about, and maybe write down, your talents, and passions. It may give you some insight as to how you could help.
    3. Just ask. Don’t be scared to ask your pastor/youth pastor and other leaders how you could help. Odds are there are probably tons of ways you could serve!

    Sorry for the lengthy post, but I really enjoyed this article. And my hope is that everyone can experience the joy of loving God and others through serving each other. Thanks for reading, and I hope you have an amazing day!