We are called to serve. In Rick Warren’s book “The Purpose Driven Life,” he states that “You’re not saved by service, but you are saved for service. In God’s kingdom, you have a place, a purpose, a role, and a function to fulfill. This gives your life great significance and value.”
When we help or serve one another, we honor one another and we also honor God. In doing so, we fulfill the command in Galatians 5:13-14 to love our neighbors as ourselves.
At LPC there are many ways to serve, from being an usher during Sunday services to singing with the Worship Team or delivering gifts to local children at Christmas. Mission’s trips also provide great opportunities to serve. This past June a team from LPC traveled to Vignier, Haiti for a week to work on a school. Allen Gamez, a member of LPC who also serves as a greeter, traveled to Haiti for the first time. His desire was to be obedient to God by serving others.
I asked Allen what he learned while in Haiti. He said that he realized that although the Haitian people lack material wealth, their hope and trust in God allows them to live with joy and not bitterness or anger. God is never far from them and no matter what their circumstances are in life He wants them to seek Him out and get to know Him better. God wants His people to live free, knowing they are perfect and acceptable in His sight because their sins are forgiven and their past does not define them.
When I asked Allen what difference it would make if he lived each day with the same intensity and focus on Jesus and others as he did on this mission, he replied “I know that I will live happier, I will appreciate the people in my life more and I will be more grateful to God for all that I have.” He stated that he would also work harder to extend grace to all people, whether he thinks they deserve it or not, because it is not up to him to judge others. Allen was truly awakened and blessed to have been a part of the missionary work in Haiti. He believes that God wants him to play a bigger role at church and he is praying for God to direct him. He enjoyed serving the people in Haiti and hopes to return next year.
Take some time to think about accepting God’s call in your life to serve him. Ask about the Growth Track series at LPC to see how it can help you determine where your unique passions and abilities are best suited to help others.
“For we are God’s workmanship, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.” Ephesians 2:10 (NIV)
- The Purpose Driven Life (Rick Warren, 2002)
- Loving By Serving, NavPress
Published by: Cat Hyland
Photos by: Ruthie Zertuche and Diedra Hagdorn