Friday, February 27, 2009

are you limiting your serving

Matthew 5:16 (nlt) --- Let your light shine before men in such a way that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father who is in heaven.
 
My morning began with a thought like this: am I limiting the way I serve?  This comes from the understanding that some Christians serve God at church and nowhere else.  Their job is just the place they make money or their school is just the place they learn.  Where their home is just happens to be in that location.  But in none of those does much go on for Jesus.
 
That is just wrong.  Do you agree?  We are limiting God by the way we limit the way we serve Him.  I believe God has called the church, that's us, to serve daily and hourly and even minute by minute in whatever situation we are in.  It is easy.  Do everything for God.  Use the way you work or the way you study or the way you greet your neighbor to bring light and joy and peace to the lives of the people you encounter.  That is the place we start NOT stop serving. 
 
Think about it:
 
Galatians 5:13 (nlt) --- For you have been called to live in freedom, my brothers and sisters. But don't use your freedom to satisfy your sinful nature. Instead, use your freedom to serve one another in love.
 
Just answer this question: are you limiting your serving?  And be honest with yourself.  And be honest with God.
 
I want to encourage you as God encouraged me today to go all out for Him.  Don't leave something undone.  Let people begin to know that you stand for something bigger than what the world tells you is the best.  Why?
 
James 2:26 (nlt) --- Just as the body is dead without breath, so also faith is dead without good works.
 
1 Timothy 6:18 (nlt) --- Tell them to use their money to do good. They should be rich in good works and generous to those in need, always being ready to share with others.
 
Finally, this weekend we are asking our folks at The Community Fellowship to get ready for a special outreach we are going to have April 3-7.  It is called Servolution.  Churches from around the world are joining together for these days to serve people in our communities.  I am asking you to help us brainstorm ideas of how to serve the people around us.  Send me some of your ideas.  We will also brainstorm in the worship experience on Sunday.  To learn more about this event go to www.servolution.org/7days and please pray for the effectiveness of this event!

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