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When We Serve – We Serve The Lord!

1 Peter 4:11

If anyone serves, they should do so with the strength God provides, so that in all things God may be praised through Jesus Christ.

Photo on 6-21-16 at 2.53 PMIn church life – there is always a discussion about paid persons and volunteers. I heard an SPRC chair recently say we’re all servants of God – some of us just do more serving and so some get paid for it – but we all serve our Lord (or something like that).

I know some volunteers who do more than some paid staff – but putting that aside – the real issue is how we view our service. Is our service different if we are paid verses being a volunteer? Should we serve differently when we are volunteers – since we are not being paid?

In church life – this debate often rages. I hear comments like – I’m only a volunteer or I’m not getting paid. For some – not getting paid means they can do it or not do it – since they are only a volunteer.

In church life – we should remember that we are not working for pay or a pat on the back – we are working for the Lord. Colossians 3:23 – Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for human masters. Whether we are paid or volunteer – we should do our very best – we should give our all – we should be consistent and timely. We should always see ourselves as working for Jesus.

Here is today’s passage in partial context. 1 Peter 4:7–11 – 7 The end of all things is near. Therefore be alert and of sober mind so that you may pray. 8 Above all, love each other deeply, because love covers over a multitude of sins. Offer hospitality to one another without grumbling. 10 Each of you should use whatever gift you have received to serve others, as faithful stewards of God’s grace in its various forms. 11 If anyone speaks, they should do so as one who speaks the very words of God. If anyone serves, they should do so with the strength God provides, so that in all things God may be praised through Jesus Christ. To him be the glory and the power for ever and ever. Amen.

I love the 8th verse – Above all, love each other deeply, because love covers over a multitude of sins. Showing love to one another – even when it is hard – is what God has called us to do. The commandments were summed up by Jesus this way – Mark 12:30–31 – 30 Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength. 31 The second is this: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ There is no commandment greater than these.

When we serve – when we love – we do so to honor God. Whatever we do – we should do it to His glory – and with all we have and all we are for sure. I see this around me at our church at times and I would challenge us all to walk this walk (mirror facing me).

Just something to think about today as you go on your way.

June 24, 2016 - Posted by | Build, Church, Community, Daily Devotion, Discipleship, Encouragement, Evangelism, Faith Journey, From the Pastor, Leadership, Outreach, Personal, Theology | , , , , , , , ,

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