Across the Preacher’s Desk: Being Served or Serving?

August 22, 2019 - Often we feel the church is not what it ought to be. We feel it just doesn’t quite meet “our expectations” In his inaugural address in1961, President John F. Kennedy stated, “Ask not what your country can do for you; ask what you can do for your country”. At the Republican National convention in 1916, Warren G. Harding said, “we must have a citizenship less concerned about what the government can do for it and more anxious about what it can do for the nation.”

The challenge issued by these two presidents suggests a like principle that should guide every Christian toward the church. We need to be less concerned about our “needs” being met, less concerned about “being served”, and more concerned about serving.

Maybe we have been asking the wrong question. Instead of asking “is this a good congregation to be a member of” perhaps we should ask, “am I a good member of the congregation”.

It is not important how many get well cards I receive, but how many cards I sent to others. It is not how much I get out of worship or bible class but how much do I contribute toward making the worship and bible class meaningful for others. It is not how much I am loved, but how much love do I show to others.

A life of service, is a life lived within the will of God. To be pleasing to God, we must be obedient to his will and surrender our stubborn will to His will.

It’s something to think about…..tbp

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