Colossians 3: 23-24
Whatever you do, do it from the heart for the Lord and not for people. You know that you will receive an inheritance as a reward. You serve the Lord Christ.
“Hello. It’s a great day at King McWhatsaburger. May I take your order…”
We’ve all heard this before. (Well, not quite like that, but you get the idea.) It’s the over-rehearsed greeting you receive, with zeal or without, as you walk up to the counter of any fast food establishment. I would like to say that, most of the time, I have been met with bright enthusiasm and eagerness to serve when I approach such a situation. But, alas, I am usually met with blank eyes, the occasional frown, and fatigue. And why not? Most of these employees have this expression, because they are told to greet customers this way, even though their heart may not be in it.
Have you worked for a place about which you cared deeply? You believed in that product, that service that you provided, didn’t you? And you liked the people that worked with you. Have you ever walked into a place of employment and observed the atmosphere around you? Was it good, healthy, encouraging? Did you find yourself saying, “I bet it would be fun to work here!”? I know I have. There are definitely a few fast food restaurants that fit that category. But when we experience this positive atmosphere in the workplace, we automatically assume that the paycheck is the big reason. These people are eager to work, because they are getting paid fairly.
That is certainly an important factor and definitely has some effect on the way people work. But there are also workers who enjoy their craft simply because of what they do. The service they provide or the product they produce gives them a feeling of pride and accomplishment. They are serving with gladness, because they believe that what they do is for the betterment of the world around them.
Serving your church, and anyone who walks through the doors of our worship spaces, is just that. We should greet, read, and sing the words of our belief with pride and accomplishment, but not for ourselves, or because someone told us to say it. We do this in pride of our Savior and the accomplishment of His sacrifice and His magnificent grace. This alone should give us something to smile about.
There are so many ways to serve in church. Volunteer to help with the youth or children’s ministry. Use your love of technology and help with lights and sound on Sunday mornings. Teach Sunday school or a Wednesday night class. There is a place for your gifts to serve for the glory and honor of God. There is always an opening, a vacancy, and you are more than qualified. There are many tasks, some simple and some complex, but they are all important. Why? They are done from the heart for the Lord. That’s service with a purpose.
We serve the Lord Christ. Where is God calling you to serve in the church? Look for those services that need someone like you. They may be something unexpected, but God always has a good reason for placing you where He needs you. Serve with gladness always.