5 Benefits of Serving


Thursday, July 06, 2017


One of the things I have noticed as I meet people and help them in their personal as well as spiritual journey is that, we all want our lives to matter. It’s the reason we do the things we do. Some of us dedicate ourselves to getting promotions and leadership positions because we want to make a difference.As parents, we encourage our kids to go to college and get a good job, in hopes that they, too, will make an impact. There is nothing wrong with going hard after the things I mentioned; however, those things alone won’t change the world, and they aren’t what we were made for.

The Apostle Paul, in his letter to the Ephesians, tells us that we were made to build the church (Ephesians 4:11-13). God made each one of us with unique talents, personalities, and skill sets. And, when we ask Jesus into our lives, we’re given at least one spiritual gift. So the question is, how do we make the greatest impact with the gift we have been given?And the answer is; we get the most joy and make the biggest difference when we use our God-given talents, gifts, and abilities to build the church (Ephesians 4:14-16). How can we best do this?The answer is simple, by joining a team and using our gifts and talents to serve others.

Here are five benefits I believe we get when we join a team and serve in the church.

 

1. Serving allows us to discover and develop our spiritual gifts.

Paul in 1 Corinthians 12 compares the church to a human body. Just like our bodies are made of many parts serving specific functions, the church is made up of people with different skills and abilities. Alone these pieces aren’t very useful, but together we create something beautiful.

 

2. Serving allows us to experience miracles.

In John 2, we read that Jesus was at a wedding and the newlyweds found themselves in a predicament; they discovered that the wine was running out. This would have resulted in terrible embarrassment and lots of angry guests.But Jesus tells the servants to fill several big jars to the brim with water. When they served the water to the guests, it was wine! The guests never knew what happened; the servants were the ones who witnessed the miracle. The same is true for us when we serve.

 

3. Serving allows us to experience the joy and peace that comes from obedience.

1 Peter 4:10-11 says, “Each of you should use whatever gift you have received to serve others, as faithful stewards of God’s grace in its various forms... so that in all things God may be praised through Jesus Christ.” Serving is a form of worship, a way to express gratitude for what Jesus has done for us, and is a way to share the love and grace we've been given.

 

4. Serving helps us to be more like Jesus.

When we join a team and start serving, we shift the focus from ourselves onto others. We begin to see others as Jesus sees them, and we see Jesus IN others (Matthew 25:40).

 

5. Serving is good for your soul.

Studies have shown that volunteering is so good for the mind and body that it can ease symptoms of stress and depression. Tapping into our gifts and passions builds self-confidence, energy, and strength. Serving others can also be the best distraction from our own worries.

There you have it; five benefits of joining a team and serving the people at church. Remember, God doesn’t just want to work through you; He wants to work in you. I hope this encourages you if you are already on team; and, if you are not, I pray it inspires you to “jump in” and start. To learn more about how you can start serving at Calvary visit our Welcome Lounge or join Growth Track.
 

Author:

JP

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