If I’m a Christian and I’m part of a church, should I serve?

Most of you who are reading this post will know the answer to this question. If you’ve found your way to this blog through a search engine like Google, then you may possibly be feeling guilty that you’re in a church and you’re taking a back seat and letting everyone else get on with the hard graft. Others of you may just have become a Christian. You’re new to all this stuff, and so you want to know how you can put your faith in to practice in terms of making it alive and real, and reaching out to others who don’t know Jesus yet, and to help bless and serve your church family.

I’ve blogged on the Church family before, but I focussed on a somewhat different matter there. Today, I’m going to say a few things about serving in church, and I hope you find this useful.

  1. The simple answer to the question is ‘yes!’: The Bible talks plainly about service to others, and in the church. There is no getting away from it – it is a marked clue as to who a Christian is, and it is expected of you by Christ that you serve in whatever way you can. Look at all the bible references if you don’t believe me: 1 Peter 4:10 , 1 Peter 4:10-11 , Acts 20:35 , Galatians 5:13-14 , John 13:12-14 , Mark 9:35 , Mark 10:44-45 , Luke 6:38 , Philippians 2:1-11, Matthew 23:11 , Proverbs 11:25 , Matthew 20:28 , 1 Corinthians 9:19 , Proverbs 19:17 , Luke 6:27-45 , Mark 10:45 , 2 Chronicles 15:7 , Proverbs 31:8-9 , 1 Samuel 12:24 , Philippians 2:1-4:23 , Luke 22:25-27 , 1 John 3:18 , Matthew 25:35-40 , Luke 21:1-4 , Romans 12:9-13 , John 13:1-13 , James 2:14-17 , John 13:4-5 , Ephesians 2:10 , John 7:1-24 , 1 Peter 4:1-19 , Hebrews 6:10-12 , Mark 10:42-45 , 1 Timothy 3:13 , 2 Thessalonians 3:8 , Philippians 2:2, Philippians 2:1-13 , Proverbs 14:21 , Romans 12:6-7 , Romans 12:1 , Galatians 6:9 , Matthew 8:5-13 , Matthew 8:1-4 , Ephesians 4:11-14 , Isaiah 1:1-31 , Luke 9:57-10:16 , Luke 6:10-17 , Malachi 3:1-18 , 1 Peter 1:10-16, James 1:1-27 , 1 Timothy 6:17-19 , Jeremiah 29:11 , Galatians 5:13-15 , Joshua 22:5
  2. The unfortunate reality is that many people don’t serve in church: It is a little known fact (I say little, because not much is being done about it) that 20% of church members to 80% of the whole work of a local church. That, I have to say, is absolutely disgraceful. Believe me, folks, whoever has the hard job of giving the notices out at your church every week isn’t saying that the church needs more volunteers for various ministries just for fun! They’re dying for your help!
  3. The church is the Body of Christ: Before I go on, if you’re unsure of what this means, please visit my other post on this topic. A body is one combined being. The body is made up of all sorts of parts but they move and interact as one. The body parts are different because they all do different things – they’re better at some things than others. Do you see why the church is described as a body? Because we are all one in Christ, yet we are all individuals with different gifts. It’s a good analogy isn’t it? Therefore, if you’re a Christian, and you’re in a Church, it is up to you to to work out how you can serve, and to ask God to reveal that to you. But while he’s revealing it to you, that’s no excuse to sit on your backside while everyone else in church is slaving away. God does not approve of slackers.
Before I finish, some final thoughts:
The thing that provoked me to write this blog post was another blog. The blog asked the question
Does the idea that “every member is a minister” or “every sheep is a shepherd” free us to serve and express our gifts or does it hinder us in our service to others?
You can read about it here.

 

Now, two things.

Number one. As I said, the Church is the Body of Christ. There is no room for not serving. Yet we can over serve. When a body gets tired, it rests. So if you’re over serving, please, sit down and have a rest. Even Jesus rested don’t you know! It’s important that when we’re pouring out blessing on others and on our church that we stop and get refueled and refilled by the Spirit. We can’t do that if were constantly giving and don’t allow the Spirit time to fill us again. It also doesn’t happen if we stop hanging out with Jesus in a relaxed atmosphere. If you’re overdoing it – PLEASE stop. Tell your pastor/minister/vicar whatever. Get someone else to do the job while you relax.

Number two. It’s up to you to get in on the fun! You’ll find that serving Christ by serving others is a wonderful thing and it will richly bless you. As one famous saying puts it, “come a part, or come apart”. You get what I’m saying don’t you? If you don’t get involved, you’ll cut yourself off from your fellow Christians, and you will find it increasingly harder to live the fulfilled Christian life that Jesus wants for you. Because we’re not called to be Christians on our own! We’re part of a family. And also, please, if you do want to be a part of the body, then choose a useful part. By that, I don’t mean choosing to be the appendix. You know who you are. You’re the part of the body who is a part, because you attend all the meetings and the fellowship stuff, but when it gets down to hard work and sacrificial serving, you’re no use, because you don’t really  want to serve. As you know, the appendix is a part of the body, but the appendix can become a right pain in the backside, and if the pain comes and it’s left untreated, it can start to destroy and cripple the body as a whole.

I hope this has helped some of you. It’s certainly been a reminder to myself. Let’s get onto these appaling stats and let’s everyone serve in whichever way they can.

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Dean Roberts

Dean is a Minister in the Anglican Church. Currently he is Curate in the parishes of Bedwas, Machen, Michaelston-y-Fedw and Rudry in South Wales. He was born and bred in Wales, is married to Megan, and has two dogs called Taliesin and Melyn, and two cats named Sinsir and Hâf. He graduated from Cardiff University with a BA Hons. in Theology & Religious Studies, and has studied for an MA in Theology, Ministry & Mission at Trinity College Bristol. He also holds a Cert.RSCM from the Royal School of Church Music. He loves playing music, walking, reading, blogging and horse riding as well as going to the cinema and theatre. Read More @ http://deanroberts.net/about