August 20, 2016
By Kristen Johnson
I was blessed to be able to serve with a team today (my 2nd such opportunity this week) from my Church at a men’s addiction facility. I commit to community service quite a bit, because I feel called by God to serve all through love. So, why serve?
It’s a great way to learn about others and share in faith with others in my own community. I’m absolutely NOT one who likes to “proselytize” but handing out tracts, or talking about God randomly, or handing out Bibles, etc. I much, much prefer to “be the Church” and commit to community service, because sometimes (actually all the time) people ask “why” I serve and I am then blessed to get to give the answer.
The Bible talks endlessly about serving people, particularly the poor. Not only are we required to serve, but we are required to do so with a humble spirit, and with joy. Just a few examples from the Bible:
Galatians 5:13 (NRSV): For you were called to freedom, brothers and sisters; only do not use your freedom as an opportunity for self-indulgence, but through love become slaves to one another.
Matthew 23:11 (NRSV): The greatest among you will be your servant.
Matthew 20:27-28 (NRSV): and whoever wishes to be first among you must be your slave; 28 just as the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve, and to give his life a ransom for many.”
I am lucky because my local Church congregation is incredibly focused on service. We have opportunities year-round to participate in community service and we serve throughout the community, and also contribute to projects nationally and internationally. There are big and small ways to serve each and every day and I will be talking a lot about service in this blog. So, I will leave you with one last thought:
Christians are called to serve others, regardless of who they are, each and every day. Service is good for the soul, good for the community, and good for each other.
Serve all with love.