“Coming together is a beginning. Keeping together is progress. Working (serving) together is success.” Henry Ford
Was on Twitter this morning and the above quote, posted by Chad Hambrick of the Abiding Journey, popped into the stream. The post underlined a thought that has been nagging me for quite some time. I know and you may have experienced the joy of serving Jesus in the fellowship of the Saints. You may also have noticed the many who go to a church on Sundays but are never seen involved in service there or service in their communities.
I have known people who come to church and are in a Sunday School small group study / fellowship but are never seen helping in ministry. I am not complaining here. If you do not serve Jesus in your church I do not have a problem with you. Its cool. There may even be an issue in your church that makes it discouraging to even try and serve. I mean churches are certainly not perfect. You could even be saying to yourself, “Well he’s on a church staff he gets paid to serve. He is not really an example of serving.” And you would be right. I won’t even attempt to counter any argument you might have for not serving (that is if you or someone you know is not serving in ministry somewhere.)
I know you are busy.
I know you need to spend time with your family, or need to work on beginning a family.
I know you have so many career demands.
And I know we have a lot of events to go to, TV to watch, email to answer, news to catch up on, reading to do, and every other sort of thing that chips away at our time to attend to.
I also know that you gave at the office.
But, in the scripture I read something that explains why my experience of serving Jesus has had such a profound effect on my life and on the lives of everyone I know who has served together in the army of The Lord.
It happened like this. Jesus was at the home of Peter (a fisherman whom Jesus asked to join Him in ministry.) Peter’s wife’s mother was ill and had a fever. The scripture says;
“So He touched her hand, and the fever left her. And she arose and served Him.” Matthew 8:15 (NKJV)
“…she arose and served Him…” what an incredibly beautiful scene. I remember being “thunderstruck” the first time I read these words. God’s words here just awed me and explained immediately all the joy I experienced as I served with other Believers in the places He placed me. Serving in ministry transformed my life long before I had first read the Bible through. And when I finally got around to really reading through the Holy Scripture I found examples of simple service in simple Faith everywhere. And wonderfully, I had experienced some of that myself.
There is nothing like working shoulder to shoulder with a brother or sister in Christ in a task you know in your gut He has Himself authorized. It is joy unspeakable to serve Him.
If you haven’t tried it yet – JUST DO IT. I know your church children’s ministry, and preschool, the student ministry, and the maintenance team all need your help. And then after you have put your hand to the plow, please tell me your story.
If you already have a story – TELL ME. I am excited to hear about the building blocks of a life transforming Faith!
May God Bless You Beyond Your Imagination TODAY!
Robert Curtis – activist, the ichthusgeneration.com – Santa Rosa Beach, Florida