Serve With Me

When I said I would write a blog about “Serving” for the Red Letter Challenge, I had a fairly clear idea of what I would talk about. I was thinking of the wonderful women in my life who helped me learn to serve over the years. These women helped me see outside and beyond myself, to serve for the joy of serving.
But the Holy Spirit whispered, “There is more, you are not seeing far enough outside yourself.” So, as I continued to pray Holy Spirit started to show me who was the originator of serving. 
  • In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. Genesis 1:1.  
God starts His book by creating an environment for His kids to serve with Him and everything was good. 
  • Then God said, “Let us make mankind in our image, in our likeness… So, God created mankind in his own image, in the image of God he created them; male and female he created them. Genesis 1:26a, 27
  • The Lord God took the man and put him in the Garden of Eden to work it and take care of it. Genesis 2:15
  • Then the man and his wife heard the sound of the Lord God as he was walking in the garden in the cool of the day… Genesis 3:8a
We are created in God’s image, to serve along with God, to walk with God. Don’t miss this truth, God was in the garden along with Adam and Eve. They were not alone to try to figure things out on their own, the LORD is a good Father who helps His children. But we chose to not believe God and all He had done that was good. We chose the death of that relationship with the Good Father, go back, and read in Genesis 3 the brokenness of creation. 
Everything which God created to be good that had been a delight, beautiful and perfect became broken. Instead of walking in the garden with God, we were cast out of Eden to hard work, burdens, pain, selfishness, suffering, and all kinds of evil. We are now slaves to brokenness and death instead of being partners serving and walking with the Good Father in a perfect world created for us. 
But the LORD refused to leave his children without hope so He sent Jesus to help us understand and heal the brokenness in our lives. To give us hope to see beyond ourselves and what it is like to once again to walk and serve with our LORD.
“Anyone who wants to be first must be the very last, and the servant of all.” Mark 9:35 
and again, 
“Not so with you. Instead, whoever wants to become great among you must be your servant, and whoever wants to be first must be slave of all. For even the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.” Mark 10:43-45 
We need to remember that Jesus came to bring healing and remind us that even though he is the King of Kings he humbled Himself to serve. 

  • Jesus knew that the Father had put all things under his power, and that he had come from God and was returning to God; so, he got up from the meal, took off his outer clothing, and wrapped a towel around his waist. After that, he poured water into a basin and began to wash his disciples’ feet, drying them with the towel that was wrapped around him. John 13:3-5
Jesus didn’t teach these truths and others that you will read this week to make you feel guilty or worse so we can somehow earn points to get to heaven. This was never God’s intention for us, His intention was a perfect Garden with us serving with Him at our side.
There are so many ways to serve with Jesus leading the way within our body at Springs of Life. 
  • We always love a beautiful smile, hug or handshake as we enter the building on Sunday morning to worship together. (Greeting team)
  • Who doesn’t enjoy hot coffee, tea or cocoa on a cold winter day or cool water on a hot summer day? (Coffee bar team)
  • There are those who have that ability to guard and protect the flock as we gather. (Security team)
  • How about those who see Tech stuff as a playground of pure joy? (Tech Team) 
  • There are those who have been blessed with musical abilities that bring glory to the Father as they help lead us deeper into worship through music. (Worship Team) 
  • And let us not forget the Little Ones who Jesus tells us to bring to Him, consider the importance of simply serving little ones who just want to be loved, not ignored. (Children’s Ministry)
You could fill any one of these vital positions highlighted here. But you say, “I can’t be there Sunday morning.” Or “I am not healthy enough to physically serve.” Then PRAY, that is right you heard me correctly. How many times did Jesus get away to pray? Holding your Pastors, brothers, and sister in Christ, the lost, lonely, and disenchanted up in prayer is vital. We all need to be held up in prayer, this is one of the most precious ways to serve with Jesus.
As we read the Red Letter Challenges this week, let us consider how you are being called out of yourself to serve with Jesus. Either within the church building walls or outside of them. The opportunities are only limited by our imagination. It may not be where others see you, it may not be in a glamor spot, it may not be anywhere you ever imagined, but when you are serving with Jesus, the originator of serving, you are learning how to be closer to a good, good Father who loves you enough to die for you and it isn’t work it is an expression of your love.

Pastor Deb Munson