The Call to Serve

As most of the Southeast is trying to recover from the recent storms, I find myself thinking about how awesome it is that God can take something as tragic as these storms and turn it into a perfect example of the Body of Christ at work.  We hear stories of churches helping out people in their communities.  We heard about how the Vineyard Church in Tuscaloosa was one of the first groups set up in Tuscaloosa to hand out food and water to those in need.  I have read quite a bit about what Samaritan’s Purse is doing in Japan, New Zealand, and the Southeast in wake of these recent disasters.  We hear so many stories of people laying down their selfish ambitions to help out those in need.

Isn’t it incredible to see God’s Church coming together and uniting to help others?  Is this not what the Body of Christ is made to do?  We, as believers, are to be God’s hands and feet.  What an awesome ministry opportunity to be able to help those in physical need while also having the perfect opportunity to pour into their lives spiritually as well.  In John 13:35, the Bible says, “By this all men will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another.” 

I pray that we, as Christians, could unite under the banner of love and help those in need whether it is because of a natural disaster or some unfortunate turn of events. It is hard to look back over my life and see all of the opportunities that I missed to minister because I was too busy looking out for myself.  I challenge you to pray that God would open your eyes to those who are in need all around us and give us opportunities to minister to them in their time of need.   My Savior came to this Earth to serve, and He expects nothing less of us.   



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  1. Nicely said James! These are the times that God reveals himself to others through us. Jehovah Nisse – “the Lord my Banner” (Exodus 17:15)

    1. Thanks, Ted. Sometimes I think about how different things would be if we every truly viewed the privilege of having the Creator of the Universe work in and through us as exactly that…a privilege. I think sometimes we view God using us as vessels as a hassle or a burden because it often draws us out of our comfort zones or requires us to be unselfish for once. It is certainly not easy, but it is an awesome thing when you think about it.

      1. James, I came across this scripture this week and your comment brought me back to it:

        Philippians 1:29 For you have been given not only the privilege of trusting in Christ but also the privilege of suffering for him.

        I love the NLT’s version of using the word privilege….. It is our privilage to not only do for Him what we are called to do but also to trust Him through all our circumstances.

        Not only is it a privilage to get out of our boxes but that Christ died so we may have the privilage to trust Him.

  2. It is most certainly a wonderful privilege to serve the Living God!!! We must also remember to ask Him to give us HIS timing and method of service to others. Taking off on one’s own is a dangerous proposition; listening to His voice alone will lead to life and growth for everyone involved. Thank you for your post, James!

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