To Serve Or Be Served?

Follow me in this scenario:  A church member attends church for years.  Though he or she attends fairly regularly, he adds nothing consistently to the efforts of the church.  He does not teach a bible class, does not repair widow’s storm doors, does not look up visitors to church. 
 
How long does it take to develop a habit?  Thirty days? This church member now has a well-established habit of not adding to the church’s success in any way. 
 
So, let’s begin with one central question:  Is it the church’s function to serve us, or is it a vehicle by which we can serve. Many seem to join the church for the same reason they might eat at a fancy restaurant.  They want great food and great service, and they are annoyed when they don’t get it.  So, in a word, do we join the church to be served, or to serve? 
 
As a preacher for over forty years I cannot count the number of times I have spoken to people who have left the church because it did not serve them in the way they wished or expected.  Yet it seems obvious to me that if everybody is waiting to be served, nobody will serve. The hallmark of a Christian is to serve:  “Whoever would be great among you must be your servant”  (Matthew 20:26). 
 
Can I challenge you today?  Ask yourself, am I an integral part of my congregation: (For some of my readers, this might start with making a commitment to one particular congregation). If not, here is a benchmark with which to aim:  Determine that you will regularly contribute to at least one activity of the church this year.  If it is regularly writing cards to visitors and shut-ins, so be it; if it is teaching the Wednesday night first grade Bible class for a quarter, do it; If it is looking up the congregation’s elderly and serving them, fair enough. 
 

If twenty members do what I have just suggested, the effect on their congregation will be incalculable.   Try it. You’ll see!

 

Stan Mitchell

Higher Grounds – Better Living through Higher Thinking.  2017



Are You Excited About Heaven?

Let’s talk about heaven.  Are you excited about heaven?  If there was a bus going to heaven today, would you be ready to jump on board and go home?  Many people claim to want to go to heaven, but few people want to go right now.  Over and over I have seen the attitude, “I want to go to heaven, I just don’t want to go today.”

My question is, why not?  What would be wrong with going home today?  Is this world so great that the thought of leaving it for heaven is depressing?  Paul said, “No eye has seen, no ear has heard and no heart of man can imagine what God is preparing for those who love Him” (1 Cor. 2:9).

I’m afraid many people picture heaven as a monotonous place where all we are going to do is sit around and worship God. Yes, we are going to worship in heaven (Rev. 5:11-14; 7:9-12) and our worship is going to be the most amazing worship we have ever been a part of.  
 

However, heaven is going to be so much more than our hearts can imagine.  Consider a few of the things we will do in heaven.

 

  Serve God (Rev. 22:3-5).  We will be blessed to serve in the very        presence of THE Almighty God who made the earth and everything in    it.

           

Rejoice (Rev. 21:4-5). Heaven is going to be a place of great joy. There will never be a bad day in heaven.

           

Celebrate (Lk. 15:10; 23-24). Heaven is going to be a big welcome home party for the children of God.  It’s going to be an amazing celebration with our Father.

           

Reunite (2 Sam. 12:23). In heaven, we will be reunited with all of our loved ones who faithfully served God.

           

Rest (Rev. 14:13).     We will finally understand what stress free, worry free, sin free, disappointment free, pain free and suffering free truly means.  They will be gone forever. 

  Does the thought of heaven get you excited about going home?  It should!
  What are you most looking forward to doing in heaven?

 

Justin Moore 
Chapman church of Christ via BulletinDigest.com 2015

 

 

                                                                 

                                                                   

           

 

                                                     


What Are You LOOKING For?

They were looking for a lion; He came as a Lamb, and they missed Him.

They were looking for a warrior; He came as a Peacemaker, and they missed Him.

They were looking for a king; He came as a Servant, and they missed Him.

They were looking for liberation from Rome; He submitted to the Roman state, and they missed Him.

They were looking for a fit to their mold; He was the mold maker, and they missed Him.

They were looking for their temporal needs to be met; He came to meet their eternal need, and they missed Him.

 

He came as lamb to be sacrificed for your sin. Will you miss Him?

He came to make peace between God and man. Have you missed Him?

He came to mold servanthood for all mankind.  Have you missed Him.

He came that we might have true liberty. Have you missed Him>

He came to give you eternal life. Have you missed Him>

 

What are you looking for?  Lion?  Warrior?  King?  Liberator?

 

When we submit to the Lamb, we will meet the Lion.

When we join with the Peacemaker, we will meet the Warrior.

When we work with the Servant, we will meet the King.

When we walk with the Submitted, we will meet the Liberator.

When we concern ourselves with the Eternal, we will have the temporal.

 

If Jesus is not fitting into the mold you have, then come to the mold maker and get a new one.  Submit to His plan for your life, and you will see the eternal need met first; then all other needs will be met as well.

 

Glenn Hitchcock, Warner Robins, Georgia, via House to House #4

 



Something Easy

Many Christians view evangelism as difficult.  We wonder, “What scripture would I have studied with the prodigal son?”  “What would I have said to win Agrippa?”  We imagine prospects with weighty philosophical objections to Christianity or severe sin problems to overcome. 

Yet much evangelism is easy because most conversions come among children.  Studies show that the vast majority of church members become Christians as children and teenagers. 

Planting and watering among young people is as simple as the garden tasks on which Paul bases his image in 1 Corinthians.
 

We plant when we tell a three-year-old a bible story for the first time.  We water when we teach a small group of teenagers, Planting may be as easy as blessing a five-year-old or doing puppets at Vacation Bible School.  Watering is as uncomplicated as picking up an unchurched seventh grader for Wednesday night class or teaching the Gospel of Mark to the juniors. 

Understanding how we can easily and effectively share the gospel with the young frees us to fully embrace the spiritually uplifting role of evangelism and gives added meaning to our Christian life. Through us, God draws young people into His kingdom.
 

Harold Shank

Power for Today ‘16