Reach | Devotion #6: Serving
Noble Baird | Community Center Director
For many years, serving was always on my list of weekly to-do’s, and I was always able to mark it off on Sunday mornings. Every Sunday for a majority of my middle school and high school years, I would find myself back in children’s church with my parents or Pastor Bonnie. You see, I honestly had no desire to sit in “big church” or listen to the pastor’s preaching, it just was not very fun. So, I asked Pastor Bonnie and my parents if I could help out in the children’s ministry and they allowed it. As I was escaping the big church and checking off my assumed “serving” box every week, I was missing the point.
Paul writes in Colossians chapter 3 about this concept of serving. However, he turns the tables and writes to us about it in a new light. In Colossians 3:23-24 he writes, “Whatever you do, work heartily, as for the Lord and not for men, knowing that from the Lord you will receive the inheritance as your reward. You are serving the Lord Christ.” I am not sure if it can be said any clearer or more simple. Paul reminds us as followers of Christ that in whatever capacity we are serving, we must remember the One we are doing it for, Christ.
Although for years I was stuck in the mindset of simply checking off a box, I am so thankful for the words that Paul wrote. It reminded me of the need to serve not simply to check off a box, but because of the One I was serving. I know at times it can be difficult to get up early to greet at the door Sunday morning or to have to get up early and welcome those coming to the Community Center for food. However, I want to challenge you not to have the box checked as the reason you serve. Instead remember the words Paul wrote to us when he said, “You are serving the Lord Christ.” So, the next time you get up early or are asked to stay a little longer than planned, keep these words of Paul near as we continue to serve our Lord together.