Let's talk about service for a couple minutes. This might get a little uncomfortable.
It's been 51 weeks since we returned from C3 and we were all keyed up and ready to help Lifepoint become something bigger.
Ready to set ourselves aside and do what was best for the church even if its not what we wanted to do or it was uncomfortable.
We saw a rise in service from those who didn't go because of the enthusiasm of those that did.
Now that the year is almost up I look around on Sunday mornings and I see less enthusiasm. Maybe not internally but certainly externally.
I think we all want to see the church grow. Both the body of Christ in general and honestly our own church itself. I would love if we hosted 1000 people each week. If those thousand got to hear Kelly's messages and the opportunity to live a God changed life.
The problem is we are starting to get stale again. We are comfortable in our seats. So many of us that are there every week show up right before the service. Get our coffee and doughnuts and move into the sanctuary to "our" seat.
If you consider Lifepoint your church there is absolutely no excuse to not be serving somewhere.
Are you proud of the things that Lifepoint accomplishes in the community?
Do you feel good knowing your church does these things?
Do you realize that if you aren't serving then its not your victory?
You can't claim the victory of a team you don't play for. If you aren't serving somewhere you aren't in the game?
God has laid out this amazing buffet of blessings and so many of us are content to fill up on bread. We could have the main course all he asks is that we set the table. Just do a little work.
There are plenty of places to serve.
There is the children's ministry that constantly need fresh faces to replace those who due to lack of volunteers have to spread themselves thin week after week.
There is cooking, set up and break down on Wednesdays.
There is worship band opportunities.
Personally close to my heart, there is the hospitality and greeting team. Since this is what I am most involved in I want to talk about it a little more.
Last year after we returned we had a large group of Lifepointers that would stand out and wave at passing cars of a morning before service. Over the last year this number has dwindled to a bare minimum.
Newcomers to our church gladly agreed to help by waving or greeting and quickly fell off after a few months.
I know for a fact that the people who wave make a difference. I know of 3 families that come/came to Lifepoint because of them. I have been told by visitors that they chose our church because they passed by and saw the people waving and thought we looked friendly or felt welcomed.
Waving is something that you can do. If little Mikayla can gladly serve this way in her tiny wheel chair you can certainly do it on two healthy legs. So what stops you?
Is it the cold? Would you be ok telling God that after all he has done for you that you don't want to be cold for 30 minutes?
Even bitterly cold sometimes. What kind of example are we setting for our kids and for our community. That our comfort is more important than again quite literally the easiest thing you can do to help.
Jesus endured this
"Alan" you say "I pay my tithe, that is my service".
No that is your duty your God given command. Your offering is your service your work is your service.
It's time you understand that you have got to work if you want to see growth. If you don't care if the church grows. If you are comfortable where you are then by all means continue to just take up space.
Now for those of you that do serve. Understand you are no better than the next servant.
You are not special.
You are not blessed more because your service is more difficult, more specialized or more important.
If you get to be seen by the congregation or not.
It doesn't matter if the board, the Pastor or the congregation knows your name.
We are all screws that hold this thing together. You can be replaced by another screw.
Do not get cocky or self righteous in your service. I greet every week outside rain or shine. If I didn't show up this week I would be replaced.
3 For by the grace given me I say to every one of you: Do not think of yourself more highly than you ought, but rather think of yourself with sober judgment, in accordance with the measure of faith God has given you.
Let another praise you, and not your own mouth; a stranger, and not your own lips.
We love Dave Hutton and we miss him at the door but this weeks visitors aren't going to know he is missing because someone will be at that door.
Dave knew this, it was never his body that people looked forward to it is his attitude, his heart of service and genuine love that connects with everyone that comes thur Dave's Door.
When the church calls on you to do something you do it.
You do it with a happy heart. You do it even if you don't want to.
You do it the best you can and you WILL be blessed.
Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for human masters,
If you do it because you have to, for the reward, or so people can see you you wont be blessed and you will burn out. You end up back to an attitude of "I have to serve" in stead of "I GET to serve"
Thanks for reading
At your service