A Servant Heart
I was reading in Matthew 9 when Jesus was going about doing His teachings and how when He saw the multitudes, He was moved with compassion for them, having been lost with no shepherd.
Jesus went through all the towns and villages, teaching in their synagogues, proclaiming the good news of the kingdom and healing every disease and sickness. When he saw the crowds, he had compassion on them, because they were harassed and helpless, like sheep without a shepherd. Then he said to his disciples, “The harvest is plentiful but the workers are few. Ask the Lord of the harvest, therefore, to send out workers into his harvest field.”
Matthew 9:35-38 NIV
I got to thinking about when I was lost and the first day I walked into my church having been astray from God for a while and needing to get close to Him again. I remember the friendly parking guys, the friendly welcoming team, and thinking this is great! Then, as we walked through the door and saw just how big the church was, we nearly turned to walk out, when a friendly usher came to show us to our seat. There were giving envelopes on the seats which we also loved, being shy of the only R10.00 we had to give that day. Then there was the worship vibe and joy on stage and the pastor who gave such a practical, very relevant message that everyone could apply to their daily lives. Last but not least, the Connections team being so welcoming and ready to chat and get to know us. The gentleman who met with us was so kind and genuine, patient listening to our story and even prayed with us. I got to see so many different sides to Jesus that night, His compassion, His welcoming, His joy, His friendliness, His kindness, His showing me the way. I knew I was home and I have never turned back and only grown from strength to strength in my relationship with God since that night.
When people walk into the church for the first time, they are looking to fill a void, find a sense of belonging or get close to God. Every little part each team plays is a vital role in serving, and it’s important that we help them to find what they were looking for. Every role, even if its small, is an important one in creating their whole experience at church. Serving is an opportunity to show Jesus’ loving heart to others, which plays a huge role in bringing them either to salvation or making right with God again.
Jesus had compassion for the lost, He showed them kindness and love. It’s an absolute privilege to serve and we should take the opportunity every time to show through our serving spaces who Jesus is, so that even though people may walk in feeling lost, when they leave they know they are found.
I personally serve because of what Jesus has done for me, He went the extra mile for us and laid down His life for us. We should serve others in the way He served us, going the extra mile and laying down what’s going on in our lives so we can show Jesus’ heart fully to others. We are called to serve others, and Jesus heart is for us to love one another, putting others before ourselves.
Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience. Bear with each other and forgive one another if any of you has a grievance against someone. Forgive as the Lord forgave you. And over all these virtues put on love, which binds them all together in perfect unity.
Colossians 3:12-14 NIV
This was such a beautiful revelation for me of serving others and I pray it will give you some encouragement for the areas you serve in.