This is my last post of the series, I hope you have enjoyed it! If this is the first post that you have read, I highly encourage you to read my previous 4 posts in this series first! You can find them here – Intro – Week 1 – Week 2 – Week 3.
This one is a big one, for me at least. It’s easier to serve God, your spouse, and your family because you are surrounded by them daily. However, it is just as important that we listen to God and serve our church and community. We are not just called to serve God in our homes, but we are also called to serve others outside our homes. It can be so hard to find time between work, school, activities for the kids, making meals, keeping your house clean, oh yeah and sleeping/finding time to decompress as well. But this is important, and God’s word tells us exactly that.
1 Peter 4:10 – Each of you should use whatever gift you have received to serve others, as faithful stewards of God’s faith in its various forms.
I could honestly talk about this one in its own Bible study (and maybe I will in the future!), but I truly believe that God has given each and every one of us a specific gift to use for His glory. I not only believe this because it talks about spiritual gifts in the Bible, but because I have seen it manifest many times over in my own life.
When my husband and I first moved to Fargo, we spent a lot of time finding our church home. It turns out the church where we were born again at is the church that we now call home, and once we decided to call that our church home we knew we wanted to volunteer. We took some more time reflecting, praying, and just spending time with the Lord to direct our steps. My husband and I are both great with kids, so we started out leading a Sunday school class together.
As time went on, we felt maybe we should shift gears. Not because we didn’t love the kids we were teaching or what we were doing, it’s hard to explain how it feels but we knew we wanted to volunteer with other places in our church. I have been singing as long as I can remember, and have had a passion for singing and music my entire life. I started feeling led to be a part of our worship ministry, so I reached out to the worship pastor and am now singing on the worship team. I absolutely love it and feel this is where my heart needs to be, and I will continue to be a part of the worship team until I start to feel otherwise.
My husband on the other hand has no musical gifts, and that is just fine because we all have different gifts. He is a natural leader (which I envy at some times, but again we all have different gifts), and he has a gift of prophecy. So he leads a bible study at church (he is also studying for his pastor’s license, I could go on and on about how amazing this man is and how he follows God’s path for his life… but I won’t… right now!) and is part of the prophetic ministry team at our church.
As you can see this is why I said I could write a whole Bible study on just the topic of spiritual gifts! You know what you’re good at. If you don’t know, spend time in the Word and make it a point to pray about it daily so that God can reveal to you what your gift is. Or write some things down that you like to do, and see how that can correlate to your church or community. Of course your gifts can help you get involved in the community as well, not just your church! I highly encourage you though as a member of your church to make sure you not just attend, but serve your church as well.
Colossians 3:23-24 – Work willingly at whatever you do, as though you are working for the Lord rather than for the people. Remember that the Lord will give you an inheritance as your reward, and that the Master you are serving is Christ.
Like I said earlier, it can be hard to find the time to serve your church and community. With all the responsibilities we have in a day, making time to do even more on top of that is a challenge.
Once you what your gift is, write down or research ways you think you can be helpful in your church or community. If you love to cook, why not help with church events that might require cooking or baking, or look for community programs such as homeless shelters or a program that helps kids learn to cook after school.
Finding the time to volunteer can be hard, but find what works for you and your family. If you only have time to volunteer once a month, then only volunteer once a month! If you are a single parent and the only time you can volunteer is on the weekends when you have your kids, find a program you AND your kids can do together. And what a wonderful way to show your kids how important it is to be helpful in your church/community.
I love the above verse from Colossians, when you work willingly at what you do it makes it so much more enjoyable. There is a saying that says if you love what you do, you never work a day in your life (or something close to that anyway). I feel this is true with volunteer work as well. Once you find what you are good at, and you find something within your church/community that makes you feel fulfilled it won’t even feel like work.
Hebrews 6:10 – God is not unjust; he will not forget your work and the love you have shown him as you have helped his people and continue to help them.
This whole Bible study has been of course, about serving joyfully! When we think about serving, just imagine how joyful it is to the Lord when he sees it. And when I think about how happy that makes Him, it makes me joyful to be serving Him and his people.
Not only does serving my church and community help others and make God joyful, but it also makes me joyful as well. As it says in Hebrews, He will not forget your work. He sees you loving His people and doing His work. When we do His work and love His people, we are setting an example of living our lives as followers of Christ. Not only that, but we can use serving our communities to bring people to Jesus that way as well. I know God sees me and the work I am doing, and He won’t forget it.
I encourage you this month to think about ways you can serve your church and community. If you’ve been putting it off, spend some time praying and spending time in God’s word this month and really think about something you can do for others outside your home. You would be surprised what kind of doors God will open for you, and how many people you can help when doing His work.
I have LOVED doing this Bible study, as well as the previous one I did over the Christmas season. I would love your feedback! Did you enjoy this? Did you enjoy the previous one? Is there a specific topic that has been on your heart lately that you would like some guidance on? I am all about writing what is on my heart, but I appreciate you all so much that take the time to read my blog and support my little part of the internet. I would love to hear what you think! Please let me know with a comment below <3