“Each of you should use whatever gift you have received to serve others, as faithful stewards of God’s grace in its various forms. 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.”
1 Peter 4:10-11 NIV
Serving is a form of worship, a way to express gratitude for what Jesus has done for us, and to share the love of Christ with others. In the past two weeks our church has had the opportunity to be involved in many service projects for our community for the purpose of sharing the love of Christ throughout the area. I am grateful for the leadership of the North American Mission Board, The Alabama State Board of Missions, and the Montgomery Baptist Association for providing the opportunity for our churches to join together and be the hands and feet of Christ and to serve our city in the name of Jesus through the ‘Serve Tour’. I am also grateful for a church that allows us the opportunity each month to serve this community by providing food for the needy and share the love of Christ with them.
This scripture tells us, as Christians we have all received gifts that God has given each of us to share the love of Christ with others. He did not give us gifts so that we could magnify ourselves, but that by using what He has given us that we would bring glory to Him. We have many opportunities to use our talents and abilities, and we need to be faithful by using them in our church and in our community. As we see needs, I believe that He expects us to be faithful and serve Him well.
Several years ago, our church created a new committee that was responsible for leading our church in serving our community. They have done a great job in finding places of service where our church needed to be involved and providing opportunities for Eastern Hills to meet those needs. It has been a blessing to be a part of this process. Please be in prayer for our church as we reconvene this Serve Team and continue the work that we started. I hope that you will be a part of our service opportunities in the days to come. I think that the best is yet to come.
I hope to see you Sunday for Bible Study and Worship. Invite someone to come with you!