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The Joy of Serving at Church and Home

Have you ever thought or felt like God was tugging at your heart to do something but you were not sure what you were supposed to do?  If so, know you are not the only one.  Many have this feeling and are unsure of how to fill this void.  Years ago, I realized how serving at my local church improved and benefited so many areas of my life.  Once I committed to serving at my church, I gained so much from serving that I was able to show more love, compassion and courtesy towards my family at home and it encouraged me to honor God in everything that I do.   

Many of us have busy schedules that may include our jobs, home responsibilities and other commitments.  It would be very easy to say that there is not enough time in the day to add any additional commitments.  We all have the same amount of time each day, but we have to be intentional about what we do with that time.  To be honest, there is no better feeling than giving of yourself by volunteering your time and sacrificing for the benefit of your local church. Serving takes you out of your comfort zone and allows you to be a part of something bigger than yourself.  When participating in something bigger than yourself and doing service for Jesus Christ, it blesses your life beyond what you could ever imagine. Serving will extend beyond what you do at church to how you serve at home.  When we love others through serving, it is natural for us to feel good about doing something for others without looking for anything in return.    

My wife and I agreed years ago when we started serving at church that our children were going to serve at church and do the same at home.  The entire family can serve at church and at home in different capacities, regardless of how small the task may be.  Serving at home could include simple things like everyone helping with home chores to include cooking, cleaning the house, taking out the trash and even helping to unload the groceries.  Serving your family at home could also include helping kids with homework, honoring your promises and commitments, listening, forgiving, encouraging and uplifting each other.  We all have God-given gifts to serve in some way at the local church and at home.  In 1 Peter 4:10 it states that each of you should use whatever gift you have received to serve others, as faithful stewards of God’s grace in its various forms.  Remember to use words like please, thank you and you’re welcome at home the same way you do at church and on the job.  Serving with joy should become contagious to you and your family at church and at home if the motivation is to please God.   

BY JEFF CARSON