Ever walk into a church and see the loving smiles those greeters give you? Ever wonder who runs the wonderful media behind the scenes and makes service really cool looking? Ever wonder why there is always someone running around like a chicken without its head having to do last minute service things, or take pictures and upload them on your churches social media pages all within the same day? Well there is an answer to all this wondering and it’s this: people love serving their local church.
We cannot be comfortable in God’s house. Everywhere you look there is a need that must be met. Whether it is a big or a small church, even outside the four walls God wants us to serve His bride and His people. If you look throughout the Bible you can note that God never had people serve Him. He served others. Jesus always put the people before Him. John Maxwell said, “Leadership isn’t about how far we advance ourselves, but how far we advance others.”
I believe serving is the highest position of leadership you can ever obtain. People can never expect to lead until they learn how to serve in their local church first. I’m not just talking about singing and preaching on stage. I’m talking about painting walls, moving Easter baskets and candy from one city to the next in the hot sweaty sun, and cleaning pools with your pastor.
3 points on why serving your local church is awesome:
1. The blessings come
Deuteronomy 28:12 “The Lord will bless all the work you do.” I’m going to quote my senior pastor on this, “If your hand isn’t working, there will be no blessing.” A lot of times we want God to do things for us but what about when He asks us to do things for Him? Anytime you advance the church forward, God starts moving your life forward. God loves it when we take care of His bride and move it in the direction He wants her to be. When we take care of His church, He takes care of us.
2. It prepares and grows the next generation of servants
Every time I serve, I always take our youth to see what I do behind the scenes for my pastors. I want them to understand the importance of serving God’s house. I would like to caution you though, don’t let God’s servants become your slaves. We’re here to build up God’s church (Ephesians 4:12-13), not turn it into some slave workshop. Always take into consideration that if you have leaders under you, they will watch every action, and reaction to what you do and how you do it. You’re leaving a legacy for future leaders and your showing them the importance of serving.
3. It’s not for you, it’s for God!
“Work willingly at whatever you do, as though you were working for the Lord rather than for people” (Colossians 3:23). Like I mentioned before God loves it when you love people the way He loves people. God loves it when you tend to the broken, love the lost, and serve others into Jesus.
Lastly I want leave you with this, serving is necessary before you become elevated, great, or promoted. Serving doesn’t make you famous, it keeps you faithful. I hope and pray that as you read this, that it may inspire you to never quit serving your local church.