As a believer in Christ, we are called to serve. When you think of serving, what comes to mind? Is it serving in church, outside of the church, or helping others? Perhaps it could be all three, or more.
Not long ago I had the opportunity to serve as an English growth group leader for our church.
The course was in Spanish, and I discovered that I had to translate the entire study over to English, which took quite a bit of time to do. Serving is sacrificial, meaning you give something up, mainly time.
I did something different and out of my comfort zone, in doing so, I discovered several things about myself.
I can lead a growth group, study and learn the material to relate it back to the group effectively.
The Lord deposited examples to share with the group as I lead, examples that I had long forgotten about that were relevant to the topic.
I made new friends! I love meeting new people.
We enjoyed the food that each one brought to share. Food is always welcome.
The group would like to continue to meet, even after the course is completed since we all get along so well.
I also learned my weaknesses, and now I can work on those areas to strengthen them.
The gift of service is directed towards groups and organizations. With every gift, there are dangers to consider, such as:
- Some Christians with this gift have the propensity to assume the ministry tasks of others, which makes these people co-dependent.
- Those with this gift are sometimes rather shamelessly taken advantage of by others. Not good.
- People with an eye for spotting ministry opportunities and actively seeking to meet existing needs often judge those who are not able to do this. This is what is called gift projection, you project your gift to others and expect them to do the same.
Yes, the training was long, yes, I did take time to learn and commit to leading the growth group, but it was also stretching and enriching for me.
After all, isn’t that whats life is all about, stretching, learning and growing? Life is not about staying still.
What have you agreed to do to stretch you? Share it in the comments below, I would love to hear from you.