Monday, March 11, 2019

Levels

Pastor Ed Young often talks about taking something to “a whole nutha level.”

Today I want to talk about levels.

Linda the kids and I started attending Family Church in January.

For the last 2 months we would arrive at church about 10 minutes before the service started. We’d find a seat which is different than anywhere else I've ever attended.   Unlike those churches FC fills up from the front to the back rather than back to front.

We would set and listen, it's a new church which means new music and I always have a hard time getting into the worship spirit when I don’t know the song.  That’s just a personal hiccup anywhere I go.

Pastor Larry has given some of the most relevant and biblically centered messages I’ve heard in the last 10 years.  To the point I re-listen to most of them in podcast form during the week so I can really take them in. You can too by the way here.

While I have enjoyed the services the last couple months, something was missing.

That thing I discovered was service.

Yesterday was my first time serving at Family Church.  I knew I wanted to serve (I love to serve) but I didn’t want to start right away.  I wanted to make sure I felt that FC is where I’m supposed to be.  If I was still into it by March I would begin.

It turned out that waiting was a struggle.  After a just a few weeks I was confident I was in the right place and I wanted to start.  Still I kept to my plan and began yesterday in the parking lot.

If you know me then you know the parking lot is my favorite place at a church.  I love to be someones first impression, I love to see friendly faces and I cannot wait to high five kids. It’s the best.

I got to church early, I met a few new people and started serving at 9:30am.  It was so much fun.  No one knows me from Adam’s house cat there but that didn’t matter.  

After about 40 minutes or so of greeting I made it into the sanctuary in time for a song and a half. Let me tell you that the feeling was instantly different.  Whether I knew the song or not the worship was there.  My hand was up before I knew it and not just my voice was singing but my heart as well.  It was an incredible feeling that I didn’t realize I was missing so much.  
By serving others my heart had opened to this next level I had not experienced at Family Church yet.

If taking things to a “whole nutha level” is something you are interested in then service is where you need to be.

We were created by God to love Him and serve Him out of that love. 

1 Peter 4:10 says “As each has received a gift, use it to serve one another, as good stewards of God's varied grace.” 
God has given you a gift, a talent or time.  Any and all 3 of those are for you so you can use them in His service and truly feel the blessing of being Christ-like.
Mark 10:45 “For even the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve, and to give His life as a ransom for many.”
Luke 6:8 “Give, and it will be given to you. Good measure, pressed down, shaken together, running over, will be put into your lap. For with the measure you use it will be measured back to you.”

He wants you to have this blessing, and the church wants you to help.  

We have turned church into a place we sit for an hour, half listen to a sermon and go home.  It’s so. Much more it’s intended to be a community, a family.

In a family we serve, sometimes its because we want to help, and sometimes it’s chores but either way we serve each other.  

If you are ready for a blessing, then serve.  
If you like to go to church but it seems more like something you do because you have always done it, then serve.
If you are new to the Family, serve.

You don’t have time? To be frank that’s usually baloney. We make time for what is important to us and what is important to us should be what is important to Him. And whats important to him is others, so serve.

As a person that has been hurt by a church before.  Tarred and feathered in my own inadequacies by someone I trusted I can tell you, service makes the difference.

It’s never too late to start, your church needs you.

Thanks for reading


Alan

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