After several years of volunteer service in student ministry and other positions in my church, there have been some wonderful things I have noticed about my life now versus before I started volunteering. So here are the top five reasons you should volunteer in ministry (you will definitely want to check out number four).
- Paul in his letter to the Galatians starts off our list: 13 You, my brothers and sisters, were called to be free. But do not use your freedom to indulge the flesh; rather, serve one another humbly in love. 14 For the entire law is fulfilled in keeping this one command: “Love your neighbor as yourself.” Galatians 5:13-14 If we are called to love our neighbor as ourselves, we should see service to one another as every day life, not a chore. Be humble in your service though, do not boast and be proud about it. When you are serving with others it has huge benefits as well!
- Living a life of intentional service forces us to think less about ourselves and become more humble. It also stretches us and helps us grow spiritually. If we are spiritually stagnant and are not committed to growing our own faith, how can we expect to teach others?
- When you are volunteering ministry, there is a much larger burden to be theologically sound in your beliefs. What you are passing on to those who you are mentoring, serving or helping is hopefully Jesus reflected in your own life and actions. Everywhere you go, you should be reflecting Christ in your life, otherwise the image you reflect when you serve is not a true reflection of Christ in your life. To someone who is an unbeliever, this can be very confusing and cause them to call into question Jesus and his followers. By volunteering, you hold yourself accountable everywhere you go to be a light for Christ.
- Who likes gifts? I know I do, but I am not talk about the gifts that you get on your birthday or Christmas, no I am talking about your spiritual gifts. You get to use your spiritual gifts! How awesome is that!? You get to fulfill what God has called you to do and be good at it at the same time.
- Serving looks different for everyone because everyone is different. There is a place for everyone to serve, whether you are detail oriented, love kids or just have a passion for cleaning, there is a place for you. We might think that someone else can fill a roll, but ultimately we need to ask ourselves if we are impacting others through a Christ like way of living. Remember what Galatians 5:14 says: Love your neighbor as yourself.
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