Unexpected Benefits

Read: “Use whatever gift you’ve received for the good of one another so that you can show yourselves to be good stewards of God’s grace in all its varieties.” 1 Peter 4:10 (VOICE)

Reflect: Several years ago, my wife and I had just started attending EastLake Church and Easter was fast approaching. One of the pastors had given a talk and encouraged the crowd to get connected and involved, asking each of us to consider serving in the children’s ministry on that holiday weekend. We signed up, and I was pretty nervous to be a part of it, feeling incredibly under-qualified to talk about Jesus with 3rd graders. The weekend came, I had a great time, and I continued to be a part of the children’s ministry volunteer team for a season.

I did not expect to grow personally from playing and leading group discussions with elementary age kids, but I did. I felt purpose in being a part of something greater than myself. I felt friendships grow. I felt like I mattered to my church, and, by participating in his Kingdom work, I gained a greater understanding of how much I mattered to God.

Since participating with the children’s team, my faith and my confidence have continued to grow. I have led men’s and couples’ groups, I write with the e-devotional team, and also serve with the security team. I’m not sure what God has for me next, but I’m ready to use the gifts he has given me to be a part of his work.

React: This weekend we were invited to serve in a few different ministries. Spend some time in prayer this week to hear from God about where you should serve. Still hesitant? You are welcome to connect with a team and arrange a “shadow serve” to get a feel for the role before you commit to serving for a season.

Pray: Father God, I am ready to step out in faith to serve you. Show me where you want me to be. Use me, and the gifts you’ve given me, to accomplish your will.