Mission begins at home. As Christians, we’re called to love – firstly, Christ and then others (our neighbours Matthew 22: 36-39). “Neighbour” refers to any person we interact with, irrespective of nationality or religion.
In Timothy 5:8, we’re commanded to love and serve our household (oikeios). This refers to those belonging to:
- a house or family
- those related by blood, kindred
- God’s household/family
1st Love and Serve Our Own Family and God’s Family
2nd Love and Serve Others
What Does It Mean To Serve?
Someone once said “We are not saved by good works, but we are saved for good works.”
To serve means the willingness to sacrifice. It’s the anti-thesis to serving self. Serving is not about cronyism – where family members or close friends are accorded privileges, positions of power or significance. It’s allowing God to decide because He knows best.
It’s not about capability but character. Christian character as epitomised in the “fruit of the spirit” – love, joy, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control (Galatians 5:22-23).
Why Do We Need To Serve Others?
Serving others reveals our true intent. It exposes the condition of our hearts. How can we know we’re not building our own kingdom? It’s when we willingly step down from a leadership position – to allow our brethren who’s been given God’s mandate take over the lead. The real test is when we recede to a supporting role and yet remain joyful. Or when we’re not acknowledged or appreciated.
We still serve even when we do not feel like it. When someone tells us to do something we dislike, but yet do it anyway and – do it joyfully. We define it as true serving. What then is true serving? It’s best summed in one word – Love (1 Corinthians 13). Love is the motivation. When we serve with love, we’ll experience freedom and true joy.
What Are Three Objectives?
- Build friendship and a support network amongst volunteers
- Relax and have fun while doing good
- Impact and see lives transformed
What’s My Take Away?
Personal growth and an enriched life. “He who refreshes others, will himself be refreshed…” (Proverbs 11:25a).
–> Mission For The Hour with the Impacters
We’re also responsible to care for the community within our capacity. Together with our IMPACTERS, we have care and share…..