Serving Our Community
The church family at Gospel Light Community Church strives to be ready to “serve” others everyday. Someone once said that if you see a need “fill it” and if you see a hurt “heal it.” It is Jesus Christ who uses us as instruments to fill needs and to heal hurts. It is Jesus who works through His people to serve one another in our community.
A quick search on the word “serve” indicates that it comes up 214 times in 201 Bible verses. I thought I would give you this stat to mainly catch your attention. Some of you might think because the word “serve” comes up 214 times that the word “serve” must be very important. This could be a good reason to think this way. Today, I would like to expand my position a bit further by providing you more information on the subject in hopes of convincing you “with God’s help” to become more active in serving Him and others.
To further understand properly the concept of “Serving Our Community” we must start with the best description of what it means to “serve”. Webster, one of my favorite friends, says this about the word “serve”: to render assistance; be of use; help, to be of service to (a person or cause). I especially like the definition which comes from the word origin & history. Serve late 12c., “to render habitual obedience to,.”
We can start to learn something about the subject “serve” when we first look in one of the Old Testament’s books called Exodus. God tells Moses to speak to Pharaoh to let His people go in order that they may “serve” Him. Exodus 9:1 “Then the LORD said to Moses, “Rise early in the morning and stand before Pharaoh, and say to him, ‘Thus says the LORD God of the Hebrews: “Let My people go, that they may serve Me,” (NKJ)
One of the primary duties of God’s people is to “serve” the Lord thy God Himself. When we live for God and then “serve” others, we are “serving” God.
Joshua makes it very clear about his choice of whom he will serve in Joshua Chapter 24:15. See what he has to say: ” And if it seems evil to you to serve the LORD, choose for yourselves this day whom you will serve, whether the gods which your fathers served that [were] on the other side of the River, or the gods of the Amorites, in whose land you dwell. But as for me and my house, we will serve the LORD.” (NKJ)
The good news is that after Joshua challenged the people, the people responded in Jos. 24:21 “but we will serve the LORD!” (NKJ)
As you are reading this today, let me pause for a moment and inquire, are you serving the Lord today? It is simply a matter of choice for you. Either you are or you are not. Your heart will dictate whom you serve. My friend, I hope today you will make the decision to follow and serve the Lord. I hope that you can be able to say, with Joshua, “But as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord.” (NKJ)
There is someone else who knows a lot about serving others. Do you know whom I ‘m talking about? This person is the greatest example of anyone who has ever lived. If you look back in all of time, I mean through-out all of history, there is one who is the ultimate servant of all. He was more than just a carpenter and more than a great teacher. His name is Jesus Christ. He was from Nazareth and called the King of the Jews.
Jesus came to serve. Mark 10:45 ” “For even the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve …” (NKJ) Just as Jesus served others we too are called to serve others. In Paul’s epistle to the Galations, the apostle Paul said, “but through love serve one another.” Gal. 5:13 (NKJ) We are all called to serve God. Through-out the Bible there are numerous references to whom we should be serving. Even at the end of the Bible in Revelation Chapter 22, we find scripture tells us that “His servants shall serve Him.” (NKJ)
Have you been moved by this article to make a commitment to serve God and others? Would you simply say a short prayer like this… “Dear God, I love you today. I ask that you would give me opportunities to serve you and others. I pray this in Jesus name.”
If you have prayed this prayer today, we would like to know about this and rejoice with you on your decision. If you are looking for opportunities to serve, let us know. You may contact us through our contact us form and one of our staff members will promptly get back with you. We will be happy to find you a place of service.
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Gospel Light Community Church is committed to serving others with the love of God.
Pastor Bruce Oliver
September 22, 2011