Jesus came to serve and not be served. His is definitely an example that we must all follow. We should actively serve God and serve people. One of the simplest ways to do that is to volunteer in church.
Serving changes your heart by changing your perspective. It transforms a consumer into a contributor. A consumer basically focuses on what can be gotten, while a contributor forgoes that and thinks of what more can be given.
Now, it’s not wrong to want to receive. But if that’s all we want, then I’d say that something is wrong with our hearts. I do believe that we come to church in order to receive. But it doesn’t end there. We are here to give, contribute, and serve. In fact, it is in being a contributor that we truly receive, because it is in service that we become more and more like Christ.
How this happens is our hearts begin to change as we serve. Service is a unique privilege with a unique position that gives a unique perspective. This new perspective is what causes our hearts to change.
See, we all have our own feelings based on our own perspectives. Changing our perspective allows us to check ourselves. Since serving is about forsaking ourselves for others, it deals with our feelings by having us get over them. The truth is that until we get over ourselves, we remain isolated from what God is doing around us.
At the end of the day, church is not about our feelings. Following Jesus was never about our feelings. We’re not here to feel good. We’re here to be filled by the presence of God. And guess what? The power and presence of God is found when we serve.
- Deputy Senior Pastor Daniel Khong