The discussion on serving continues as we turn the focus to serving within a church body. It pleases God when His followers work together. As humans it sometimes seems easier to overestimate what we can do alone and underestimate what we can do together. Our culture teaches us that maturity is to become independent, but Christ always turns things upside-down teaching us to be interdependent as we work together. That is why He compares His church to a body. The heart can’t breathe and the lungs can’t pump blood, but when they do what they were created to do together, they help keep the body alive. So it goes with the body of Christ. Serving and working together is how we help keep Christ’s Church alive! “So in Christ we, though many, form one body, and each member belongs to all the others.” Romans 12:5
Not everyone is ready for this type of living. Maybe you are investigating what being part of a church family is all about. There is a desire in you that want’s to know life matters and you want significance, or you wouldn’t be reading this blog. You are searching for something, maybe a better way of life. If you are feeling this way, examine where you are. You might find you are either in:
- Survival Mode–feeling numb to life, just living, putting in your time, getting by, sick and tired of feeling sick and tired.
- Success Mode–Life is comfortable, you drive a car, have a home, living the good life but feeling unfulfilled.
The way to move from just surviving and feeling unfulfilled to a better life, a life of significance is to give your life away and serve together with other believers. This is your gift to God, it is never boring and is an awesome way to live! That is why Epic Church is always encouraging you to discover your role in God’s Story. When you realize the part you play, it will be a special area of service that fits you well, used to minister to the needs of people, especially the body of believers. The Holy Spirit will equip you with whatever you need to fulfill your purpose within the body of Christ. When you find this special place of service, it is crucial you move to action. God calls you to participate in building up His church and His people. There you find a better life, purpose and significance. “Therefore, whenever we have opportunity, we should do good to everyone–especially to those in the family of faith.” Galatians 6:10
When you commit to giving yourself away in service, it contributes to your growth process; it’s the maturing of you, as well as building relationships with other believers. Remember to draw on Christ’s love and divine power daily so you will be strengthened to easily be His hands and feet to others. If you are struggling in this area, go to Him in prayer and ask “Help me find a place in your church.” Be patient, He will direct your path towards His plan for your life. “God began a good work within you, will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus.” Philippians 1:6
- If you are just surviving in life or feeling unfulfilled, what is one thing you can do this week for someone else?
- Have you ever sent a card or made an encouraging call to a fellow believer? If no, why not?
- Are you on a serving team? If no, what is holding you back?