Why Christian Service?

King’s Grant Baptist Church is getting ready for Operation Inasmuch, the sixth year for the community impact project. This year we are partnering with the Union Mission in Norfolk. John Gray from the Union Mission will be our guest this Sunday (August 30), informing the congregation about the needs and wonderful opportunities for service at the Union Mission.

Why is it that we would serve others in this sort of way? Americans do a lot of volunteer work and churches top the list as the place where volunteering happens. The mission of King’s Grant is to Know Christ and Make Him Known; meaning we are to love and serve God as well as love and serve others. That’s not surprising because Jesus spoke often of the importance of loving and serving others; throughout the Bible God shows a bias toward the poor and a concern for their needs. As followers of Christ, we, too, should have a heart for the poor. We can give money to charities that help the poor, but, in addition, we benefit when we get personally involved. Your opportunity to get involved with “the least of these” is October 17.

Psychiatrist Carl Menninger was asked one time what someone should do when they feel on the verge of a breakdown. Menninger answered, “Lock your house, go across the railroad tracks, find someone in need and do something for him.” I found some other quotes on service worth sharing…

  • In a conference, I’ve heard John Maxwell say, “Nobody cares how much you know until they know how much you care.” 
  • I don’t know who said it, but how about, “life is a lot like the game of tennis, those who don’t serve well, end up losing.”
  • Peter Marshall once said, “”The measure of life is not in its duration, but in its donation.  Everyone can be great because everyone can serve.” 
  • Benjamin Franklin once said, “Tell me and I forget.  Teach me and I remember.  Involve me and I learn.”

Let’s learn by doing what the Bible says. Acts 20:35 says, “We must help the weak, remembering the words the Lord Jesus himself said, ‘It is more blessed to give than to receive.’” We all need to ask ourselves regularly, “When was the last time I spoke up for, or did something to help someone in need?” Mark your calendar for October 17, and get involved. 

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