Why It’s Important to be a Servant

 In Tori Smith

10 For God is not unjust so as to overlook your work and the love that you have shown for his name in serving the saints, as you still do. – Hebrews 6:10

Every Spring we begin to think about our Every Member In Ministry Campaign – a time when we ask each of you who regularly attend Hope Church – whether you are on the books as a member or not – to commit to some service in the church for the upcoming year.  We want everyone to join in “W + 2.”  No, that’s not an algebra equation! It is our way of asking you to attend worship plus be active in one or more study groups. Study groups happen either on Sunday morning or many other times during the week. Participating in worship and your involvement in study groups is a way of fulfilling your service.

If you have not already received your EMIM booklet, you soon will be. Please prayerfully consider and choose one of the areas of service that are listed in the booklet as your ministry. What could God be calling you to this next year?  Don’t shy away from that area – even if it means moving out of your comfort zone.

I know we always need for servants in the children’s area.  All areas of ministry in the church are important, but the Children’s area is so very important. Often we hear; “I don’t know enough to be there.” The thing about Children’s ministry is that it is all about the relationships we build – and maybe what we all learn along the way. If you can love, you may be the best person to serve with the children.   

Admittedly, not everyone is cut out for Children’s ministry – that’s okay.  Servants are needed everywhere – just smile and bring your “A game.  It is not necessary to be the most brilliant, to have all the answers, or to lead a perfectly sinless life. Bringing your “A Game” for the Lord simply means to serve those He places in our path, trying to love as He loves, and offering your time and gifts to bring glory to the Lord and help the church be the best that it can be. Are you one of those people? Something tells us that the Lord is smiling on you now and saying, “Yes, you are.”

John Wesley said, “One of the principal rules of religion is to lose no occasion of serving God. And, since he is invisible to our eyes, we are to serve him in our neighbor; which He receives as if done to himself in person, standing visibly before us.”

God calls us to serve.  Please be faithful to Him and to Hope Church with your service.  For in fulfilling our call to serve, we are taking on the attitude of Christ, “who though He was in the form of God, did not count equality with God a thing to be grasped, but emptied Himself, taking the form of a servant.  (Philippians 2:6-7)

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