Read: Proverbs 16: 1 & 9
Before we dive into the word of God contemplate how you as the individual perceive the following questions/subjects:
When the topic of community service or serving within the church arises what exactly goes through your mind? Do you associate serving others only with certain activities such as visiting the elderly at the local nursing home, attending a church or community cleanup once a year, or financially supporting a friend in a run/walk for charity organizations? When specifically thinking about serving within the church do only the following positions come to mind: elders, deacons, trustees, financial bookkeepers, Sunday school teachers? Do you groan in agony when asked to be involved or to fill any of these position. Do you even run away turning the other direction doing all you can possibly do to avoid that one item of service you never want to do? Do you have a gift, talent, or knowledge of something in life which would benefit others, but you are withholding that ability only to the confines of your own home and/or place of employment?
If you would consider yourself someone who is highly involved throughout your community or within the church, consider these questions: Are you serving for your own gain and fame? Are you taking on too many tasks, stressing yourself out, thinking you must sign up for as many volunteer opportunities as you can, and in the end feeling overwhelmed more than you are at peace with yourself? Do you make sure every task is completed with such a high level of perfection to the point where those who are serving along your side are actually annoyed with you? Do you feel focused more on the act of serving rather than who you ought to be serving–God?
The point of the matter is this:
First, Self-Sacrificing service is not limited to certain generalized positions within the church or community; don’t ever be pushed away by generalized mainline positions of service and give the excuse: “I don’t fit in” or “That’s just not me”. If you recognize the talents Gods has given you approach your pastors, church elders, ministry leaders, and community members offering up your services. God has created you with those Gifts and talents. He isn’t a boring, creativity lacking, a mind without imagination type of God. We are made in the very image, the very mind of God: So God created mankind in his own image, in the image of God he created them; male and female he created them (Genesis 1:27 NIV). So use your talents in the face of others, don’t hide them!
Second, as you walk about your daily life, whether in school, work, church, around family & neighbors, with friends, etc. do it unto the Lord and He will put the desire to serve within certain areas of your life that were unimaginable before! Things so unimaginable not even I as the writer of this devotional can conjure them up in writing, literally! Well you may ask well how in world do I walk my daily life unto the Lord Jesus Christ? I have no road map but this, PRAY! Allowing your spirit to walk in accordance with God’s will is the ultimatum over walking this earth by your own plans apart from His. When you pray talk to God as you would your earthly Father, and what I mean by that is talk to Him like you would any human being on this earth; Pour out your heart to him with plain words and feelings. Whether it’s anger, stress, despair, or joy He is listening! ASK God for the strength to serve in light of fear, weakness, and selfishness. ASK God to turn your heart from your pride over to his desires and plans for you! ASK him to do the unimaginable: expose the sin in your heart and wash it away. When you find yourself feeling like a failure or full of pride even after reading this devotional, as Timothy Brindle says: “Hug the bloody cross!” Building your relationship to be in Him and NOT in yourself is where you will find the ultimate road map to a life of self-sacrificing service.
Written by Ryan Proctor