SHELBYVILLE, IL. —
Why is it important to serve?
On Sunday night a member of my church called to discuss details of an upcoming Bible study we are planning and then told me that when they got home from church that night, their air conditioning was out. They have three kids and this week is going to be extremely hot, so this posed a pretty big problem. After I hung up, a family that we were hanging out with from our church heard the news, said they had a spare window unit to help them out, and we drove right over to their house to let them use it. I had very little to do with the service, I drove the van and picked up the window unit, but it was the heart of one family wanting to serve another that was the key. I say this all to share one thing; it is the love of Christ that these families have to serve one another.
What reward did that family get for letting them borrow the unit? They were not paid or compensated in any way, yet for them it was no big deal. They saw an opportunity to help someone, realized that they could help, and did it. They did not wait. Christ tells us that those who want to be apart of his kingdom will have to serve. It doesn’t matter how much money you make or how much you contribute to the churches finances, service is not an option.
By serving others you are pointing people to Christ. Have you ever done something for someone and they look at you funny and ask why you did that? I was at the Taco Bell in Mattoon a few weeks ago and an older lady spilled her Pepsi all over herself and the table. I was there, grabbed some napkins and helped her clean up. The lady looked scared, I am not a small man, and to have me coming up to them at a rapid pace to help was not normal. But when I was done, I had an opportunity to tell them that I did this because I want to serve God. The people in the restaurant were stunned and God received all the glory. Later Sunday night the man whose A/C went out posted on Facebook how his family was blessed. He had one comment from a lady saying simply this; “Now THAT’s what a church is!” She is right, a church is a place where we can serve one another, and I am excited to be in a place where service is second nature.
Chase Smith is the pastor of Fellowship Baptist Church in Shelbyville. For more information from Chase or the church call 774-3636 or visit www.fellowshipinshelbyville.com.