On Sunday, we took a look at 1 Timothy 3:8-12, the only passage in the Bible that explicitly teaches on the office of deacon. We learned that deacons lead the church by serving like Jesus. Christ taught that those who want to be great must be servant of all. This wasn’t just lip service on Jesus’ part. He is the truest and greatest example of a servant:
Christ Jesus, who, though he was in the form of God, did not count equality with God a thing to be grasped, but emptied himself, by taking the form of a servant, being born in the likeness of men. And being found in human form, he humbled himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross. (Philippians 2:5-8)
Jesus served with humility. Jesus served with joy. Jesus served through sacrifice. Jesus served toward the good of others.
Deacons are called to serve just like Jesus. Their life and service is to point us to the True Deacon of the Church. And yet, servanthood isn’t limited to just deacons. All Christians are called to serve like Jesus – in the church and in every sphere of life.
So, how about you? What does service look like in your life? Here are a few questions to consider and some opportunities that are worth exploring:
Your Attitude in Serving
- Are there opportunities for service that you will not consider because you believe that it’s “beneath you” or “not your responsibility”?
- Do you find yourself serving with joy or by complaining and grumbling?
- Is your desire for comfort and familiarity keeping you from serving others?
- Do you tend to not volunteer to serve because you know that “someone else will take care of it”?
- What gospel truths do you need to believe to be transformed in your attitude toward serving?
Opportunities to Serve
Sundays at Seven Mile Road:
- Serve in nursery
- Teach Sunday School
- Assist the Audio/Visual Team
- Join the Welcome Team
- Bring in and/or set up refreshments
- Come in early to help with setup
- Stay behind to clean up after service
(Email Binu if you want to get connected with any of the above opportunities)
During the week through your GCM:
- Take lead in organizing meeting times/locations
- Help arrange dinner/desserts/coffee for your meetings
- Assist in organizing missional opportunities for your group
- Help someone in your GCM with projects around their home (ie. yard work, help with a move, etc.)
- Give a couple a date night by watching their children for the evening
- Help out a neighbor with their garden or other chores around the home
- Help to clean-up or fix-up a neighborhood playground
- Volunteer to coach a little league sports team
- Care for the needs of an elderly neighbor
- If you live in an apartment, ask your landlord if they need help with anything
These are just suggestions, there are plenty of other ideas. Seek for opportunities. Be creative. Ask God to work on your heart. Serve others like Jesus, the True Deacon, has served you.