“Serve wholeheartedly, as if you were serving the Lord, not men, because you know that the Lord will reward everyone for whatever good he does, whether he is slave or free” (Ephesians 6:7-8).
We often get it wrong. We think if we can accumulate enough money and get more things and have more time to ourselves, we will experience “happiness.” But, we forget that God created us with a need to serve. In the Bible we discover that true fulfillment is found by those who do the will of God from the heart…as if they were serving Jesus himself. While at the Thanksgiving dinner at Resurrection Life Church, I spoke to several of the servers from River of Life Church in Doylestown. They spent many hours shopping, preparing, cooking and then traveling over an hour to bring the food to RLC. When I thanked one of them, she said to me, “This is my favorite part of Thanksgiving. I enjoy serving here even more than during my own family Thanksgiving.” I get it. When we love others and serve joyfully, we experience a peace and “sweetness” in our soul. The city we live in has many needs. We can’t do everything, but we can do something. Our churches have many needs. We can’t do everything…well, you get it. A statement I read on Becky Robbin’s Facebook made me stop and think. The summary was, “To help someone else is easy; you only have to be willing to sacrifice your own comfort.” How true! Our culture today urges us to stay by ourselves—to lose ourselves in a world of movies, TV, and the internet. We feel more “comfortable” watching the world, but the Lord has called us to change the world! This can happen only as we push past our comfort zones and learn to serve. During this Thanksgiving season, let’s enjoy the company of others and good food. But let’s also look past what is comfortable and make ourselves available to help someone else. Jesus found joy in serving. Serve the Lord with your whole heart, and have a great time doing it!
Pastor Mark Boucher