U.S. law requires that all male citizens to register for the draft at their 18th birthday. The United States Selective Service System notes, “Selective Service registration is required by law as the first part of a fair and equitable system that, if authorized by the President and Congress, would rapidly provide personnel to the Department of Defense while at the same time providing for an Alternative Service Program for conscientious objectors.”
As Christian, we too are instructed to serve. Jesus set the example for service par excellence, declaring, “For even the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many” (Mark 10:45). Christians are to serve family members (1 Tim 5:8), the poor (Gal 2:10), and strangers (Matt 25:28). Yet following the institution of the church in the book of Acts, a Christian’s service expands to include the context of the church.
1 Peter 4:10-11 declares, “As each has received a gift, use it to serve one another, as good stewards of God’s varied grace: whoever speaks, as one who speaks oracles of God; whoever serves, as one who serves by the strength that God supplies—in order that in everything God may be glorified through Jesus Christ.” Just as the federal government says that an 18-year-old man is qualified and required to enlist in the draft, so also our commander, King Jesus, makes plain that believers are qualified and required to serve in His church.
In what ways did the Lord gift you? Service, teaching, administration, etc. What areas of ministry are you passionate about? Preschoolers or children, safety and security, adult discipleship, sound and media, etc.
I believe that God is glorified and a Christians’ hearts are filled with joy when their God-given talents and passions intersect with an opportunity. And speaking of opportunities, there are plenty within our church! From serving on the Grounds Team to Extended Session to the Homebound and Widow Care Team to Roots, open doors exist to serve!
So how will you serve? If you missed Pastor Chuck’s messages about service, go back and watch. And then, take a moment to read through the various ways you can serve at Woolsey Baptist Church remembering the words of Paul, “From him the whole body, joined and held together by every supporting ligament, grows and builds itself up in love, as each part does its work” (Ephesians 4:16, emphasis added).
I look forward to seeing alongside you at Woolsey Baptist Church this coming semester as each part does its work!