Therefore do not be ashamed of the testimony about our Lord, nor of me his prisoner, but share in suffering for the gospel by the power of God, 9 who saved us and called us to a holy calling, not because of our works but because of his own purpose and grace, which he gave us in Christ Jesus before the ages began, 10 and which now has been manifested through the appearing of our Savior Christ Jesus, who abolished death and brought life and immortality to light through the gospel…
2 Timothy 1:8-10
“You don’t have to serve, you get to serve.” We say that often at NorthCreek! Practically speaking, of course you have the personal right to choose if, where, and when you serve. But Biblically speaking, serving is a non-negotiable, non-voluntary, absolute necessity for every Christian. If one of our goals as Christians is to be more like Christ, then, serving is what Jesus did, and serving is what we do because we are more like Him when we serve.
When Jesus saved us (from sin, control, our autonomy apart from God), he called us for a purpose. That word “called” means to be summoned and appointed. God saved you and summoned and appointed you for a reason. I remember being called into the principal’s office when I was a kid. Not many fun things happened there. While the whole class was present, I was “summoned” on the class intercom (with “oooohhhs” from the peanut gallery) to come to the principal’s office. Walking down that long hallway to the office was like a 5 mile walk in slow motion. God also “purposed” us. Not only does God saves us and summons us, He appoints us to a task. He would give us the task of serving like he served, loving like he loved, and giving like he gave for the purpose of revealing God. Jesus said he came to show us what God is like. That purpose hasn’t changed. Finally, God graced us with Jesus to show us how to be like God.
God uses what’s in our hand to give expression of what God has done in our hearts! That is called “serving”. Often times we want to do great and amazing things for God (what’s in our heart), and those intentions, dreams, and desires are good. But, God asked Moses, “What is in your hand.” Of course it was a shepherd’s staff. And God used Moses’ staff in incredible ways. Bible describes that the staff was used to produce water from a rock, was transformed into a snake and back, and was used at the parting of the Red Sea. God has already equipped us with what so obvious and what we already have in our hands!
So, as we serve, know that there is a sequence to our serving. Serving begins in our homes, then, moves to our church, then to our communities, then to the world at large. Serving begins and ends with the cause of Christ…he came down to reveal what God was like.
As I think about NorthCreek, over 80% of our people who call Northcreek “home” serve! That’s awesome! If you don’t currently serve, I invite you to serve at NorthCreek and/or your local church. The church is a home, not hotel. If everybody contributes, it makes for a great place to live!