Going Beyond in Your Connection to Serving

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Week #4 of our “Go Beyond” Series

Going Beyond in Your Connection to Serving

How do we keep serving when it’s tough?

Everyone of us has the ability to serve. We serve people, not furniture or rooms. We also serve those outside of Christ because we’re calling to shine our light to them.

Colossians 1:24-28 – “Now I rejoice in my sufferings for your sake, and in my flesh I am filling up what is lacking in Christ’s afflictions for the sake of his body, that is, the church, of which I became a minister according to the stewardship from God that was given to me for you, to make the word of God fully known, the mystery hidden for ages and generations but now revealed to his saints. To them God chose to make known how great among the Gentiles are the riches of the glory of this mystery, which is Christ in you, the hope of glory. Him we proclaim, warning everyone and teaching everyone with all wisdom, that we may present everyone mature in Christ.”

It brings us to a place of:

  1. Enjoying being a servant

Paul did not have it easy. He went to prison and had threats on his life multiple times because he aligned himself with Christ.

Yet, he rejoiced in his sufferings.

We need to serve people in such a way that they want to come back – not to our service, but back into our lives.

“What you work on, works on you.” If you work on physical labor, you become stronger. If you read more, you become smarter.

We’ve all been called by God to serve in many different ways.

Our purpose, our service, has to be worked for and on. It’s not easy and requires hardship to meet people’s needs, but you’ll be sustained by joy.

  1. Revealing the mystery

The mystery is that Jesus came to die for the whole world. Jesus is for everyone.

You have to bring the light of Jesus to a world in darkness. 

Many people shaped by good intentions can find their abilities begin to deteriorate. 

To learn how to do something though, you have to just jump in and do it. Don’t retreat when things get difficult.

Don’t let fear stop you from serving.

You’re going to be tired, hungry, exhausted, but let your joy of revealing God’s mystery fuel you.

  1. Enjoying the wonder

Wonder doesn’t live in excuses. 

Think about kids – their imaginations are so big. However as they grow, their imagination gets smaller.

God doesn’t want that. He wants us to live in wonder of what he does.

  1. Powerful energy

People will say “I’m bored.” That’s usually because they haven’t discovered their purpose.

God doesn’t save us from something, he saves us IN something. Daniel IN the Lion’s den. Noah IN the ark. 3 men IN the furnace. David IN the battle with Goliath.

Every servant in the Bible has issues but God used their weaknesses to help them trust in Him to serve Him.

What would happen if we stopped serving?

Others might not come to know Christ.

Jesus knows that people are going to see us serving others but we don’t serve to get a reward, we serve so that others might know Christ.

If you aren’t failing from time to time, you’re either Superman/Superwoman or you’re not pushing yourself enough.

People who think you’re weak will never challenge you. That’s why we’re challenging you this year.