Serving Others Brings Unity
I believe that nothing blesses God more than when we are serving others together as the Body of Christ. Most of us are familiar with Paul’s letter to the Christians in Corinth about the church being the Body of Christ having different members, yet being one, unified. (1 Corinthians 12). Serving across typical denominational lines or even your own church’s normal ‘circle’ can push us out of our comfort zone, but is well worth it when we experience the blessing of Psalm 133:1!
“How good and pleasant it is when God’s people live together in unity!” -Psalm 133:1
“A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.” -John 13:34-35
Joe Shansi who served with 4KIDS of South Florida said: “What a wonderful first-time experience (for me) for a great cause. What a great atmosphere to be working at an event with a group of volunteers with the spirit of God present. I loved it, especially being able to meet other brothers and sisters in Christ.”
Other great testimonies of serving others in unity:
“We had a great crew of volunteers working at the store loading groceries as individuals and families shopped to help other families in need! It was really cool to work alongside other people from a variety of churches in our area! Yeah God!”
“My 13 year old son Matthew and I had so much fun on Sunday afternoon at ECHO. Such a great turnout and enthusiastic volunteers. It was truly a great feeling working side-by-side with not only our church’s volunteers but other churches’ members as well.”
“It was an amazing experience. So many people were there and we all worked together for God!”
“It was a great day of serving someone in need. I was amazed at what we accomplished in such a short period. Many hands make light work. I am so thankful to have been a part of being a blessing to someone else!”
Serving Others Encourages Serving
As mentioned in What Does Serving Others Do? Part 1 I talked about how in serving you are changed because God made you to freely give and so a unique true need is also met in you. I believe that this multiplies in us a desire to keep serving. It doesn’t tire us out, but quite the opposite actually happens – we are regenerated and so have a desire and energy to serve more. Serving becomes a “fill” for us, not a “drain” and takes the focus off of our problems and situation and allows us to see others and their needs.
Marci Evans, a member of Christ Church Plano in Plano, Texas who volunteered as part of the church’s outreach at Minnie’s Food Pantry said this about how serving others encourages more serving: “My family had a wonderful experience and watched as our oldest daughter expressed genuine caring and generosity to others and her service. She is now asking to volunteer at Minnie’s Food Pantry to continue service to others. Thank you to our church for opening our daughter Emily’s eyes to this need in our community.”
Other awesome testimonies on how serving others keeps giving:
“We mowed the lawn and trimmed all of the trees. We were able to do some tree trimming for the neighbors as well. I met some nice people and it’s always fun to do something that benefits others. Praise God for all of the chances to help.”
“I took a helper with me and he was really humbled by the experience. He mentioned to me that he would like to help more often.”