When Jesus left this earth to return to heaven to wait for the time God sends Him back to get us, He (Jesus) instructed… commanded us to be His hands, feet, eyes, ears, and mouth. We are to take the message of the Gospel to anyone and everyone we can (Matthew 28:18-20).
Jesus didn’t just tell us what to do and expect us to “wing it”. No way! He told us how to access the Holy Spirt (Acts 2:38) and reminded us through the words of Paul, that we are all created with specific gifts and abilities that allow us to minister to others (1 Corinthians 12).
Not really an option
As a Christian, it is important that you understand this:
Service isn’t an option. Service is a responsibility.
It is a responsibility you need to take seriously and one you should embrace joyfully.
Don’t let the thought of service intimidate you and don’t ever feel you don’t have anything worthwhile to offer. We all have something… lots of somethings to offer. But just in case you need a few ideas to get you started, take a look at what I believe are the top ten ways we can serve.
How many of them will you check off your list this week?
1. Be kind to strangers
The absolute best way you can serve both God and others is to be kind. Smile. Don’t snap at the sales clerk for taking too long. Don’t demand to have your way. Don’t berate the telemarketer. Don’t be a rage-filled (or even irritated) driver.
2. Remember someone
Send a birthday card and/or gift to a lonely widow or widower. Let them know their special day is still special. Call someone who is feeling under the weather, going through a difficult time, or experiencing a grievous loss.
3. Pray for those in need
Don’t generalize your prayers. Be specific. Pray for Tommy who is experiencing the rigors of boot camp. Pray for Paige who is experiencing a difficult pregnancy. Pray for Ellen and Carter who are trying to be patient while waiting for the call to travel to South Korea to finalize the adoption of their little girl. Pray for the leaders of our nation by name.
4. Share food
Invite a college student to your home for dinner. Fix snacks for the high school youth group to enjoy during their Bible study. Fix a meal for a new mom, the people who just moved into the neighborhood, or someone just home from the hospital. Bake cookies, bread, or pies to give to first-time visitors at your church.
5. Share your time
Sit and read to an elderly person. Take someone to and from their doctor appointment or their chemo treatment. Volunteer to help the church secretary with some of her duties at church. Offer to prepare class materials for Sunday school teachers. Read to the children at a daycare.
6. Share your money
Give generously. Purchase items to send to missionaries in third-world countries that they would otherwise not have access to. Sponsor a child in your church who might otherwise not be able to go to church camp or other similar event. Purchase pizza or fast-food gift cards to send to college students. Put together care packages for servicemen or the homeless.
7. Share your stuff
Donate sports equipment, clothing, and household items to shelters, children’s homes, and other organizations. Host a Bible study in your home (even if you aren’t the one teaching it). Invite the youth group to enjoy the pool in your backyard or the horses on your farm. Give away part of your garden’s produce.
8. Share your talents
Teach a Bible study. Offer to do hair and nails for the high school girls at church for prom. Babysit for young parents so they can enjoy a date night now and then. Perform car maintenance and handyman chores for the elderly in the church and your neighborhood. Tutor a child or children struggling in school. Help a young couple set up a reasonable budget. Teach others how to garden, sew, or whatever it is you are good at.
9. Share the Word
Leave a devotional book or a Bible on the table at a restaurant.
10. Just Ask
Ask people how you can pray for them and/or help them… then do it.
Serve the LORD with a joyful heart and with the motive of being a representative of Jesus.
~ By Darla Noble