How many times have you gone out to dinner and had an amazing server? What made their service so great?
I know there’s been plenty of times I’ve gone out where the service was great and honestly, times that it was less than great. There’s one particular establishment that I always feel welcome at. Any Chick Fil A fans? What makes them stand out? Honestly, it’s two words, “My pleasure.”
When I thank the employee helping me, their response is, “My pleasure.” This always makes me feel like they take pleasure in serving me and every other person that comes in. I’m sure there are days they may not feel that way, but their words and actions make a difference.
What if we came to our Father with the same pleasure in serving Him? What if we turned our work into an act of service to God? It says in Colossians,
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.
When I remember this verse it helps me to reframe the way I view everything I do. Whether you are a teacher, mechanic, CEO, mom, or any of a long list of titles, if we look at our work as an act of service, rather than a paycheck or a way to please man, I’d bet our attitude towards it will change.
In the same way, our service within our church family would change. When you come in on Sunday morning, do you notice the cheerful greeters or the helpful ushers, bringing you into a worship experience? I’m sure if they were grumpy or unhelpful, you’d notice.
I know from talking with so many members of the body, that having the privilege to serve is something that brings joy. Whether you are serving by opening the doors for guests on Sunday morning, or helping people walk through grief in GriefShare, or seeing children grow to know and love Jesus in LPKids, we have the privilege to serve God right here.
Sometimes, it may not feel like a privilege. Maybe you wake up and say, “Ugh, I HAVE to….” but in reality, let’s be honest, we GET to do these things. One of our greatest joys as a follower of Jesus is obeying God and his Word. If we look in Psalms, it says,
Serve the LORD with gladness!
How can we show up and serve with gladness? Find joy in all the things we GET to do. Every morning you wake up and are given the gift of another day, we GET to serve God. Because Jesus has come to save us as sinners, we have the gift of a relationship with our father. We can show our love to him through acts of service. Let’s serve him with gladness!
If you are looking for ways to serve here at LifePoint, let us know! We’d love to help you find a place that allows you to use the skills you have to serve God and others. If you’d like to sign up for one of our ministries visit lifepoint.online/volunteer and fill out the short form and one of our ministry directors will be in touch with you!
I pray that you are able to serve our God with joy and gladness each day!