Finding Purpose - Part 4 [Devo]

The Church Needs Us?

Finding Purpose – Part 4
We need the church, and the church needs us!

Do you ever think that the church needs YOU? At this thought, it’s easy to question what we could possibly do to serve the church. All of our insecurities come to the surface, and we start to talk ourselves out of volunteering to serve.

As a part of the church, we each need to find our niche. There is a place for everyone!

In 1 Corinthians 12:12, 17-18, and 20-21(HCSB), Paul writes, "For as the body is one and has many parts, and all the parts of that body, though many, are one body—so also is Christ. If the whole body were an eye, where would the hearing be? If the whole body were an ear, where would the sense of smell be? But now God has placed each one of the parts in one body just as He wanted. Now there are many parts, yet one body. So the eye cannot say to the hand, “I don’t need you!” Or again, the head can’t say to the feet, “I don’t need you!"

As the preschool coordinator, I have the opportunity to serve with some amazing people. For those of you wondering what a preschool volunteer looks like, let me share some of the characteristics of these folks. We have medical doctors, university professors, grandmas, teenagers, and college students, just to name a few. Though they have different backgrounds and professions, their commonality is their love for Jesus and a love for the littlest ones at The Ridge.

These preschoolers come to us with hearts and minds open to hear the truth from God’s Word. And what these volunteers do is more than just babysit. Each week, they come with a heart ready to love and care for their charges with the love Jesus has placed in their hearts. Each moment and activity is purposefully planned to lead a child to the understanding that God made them, God loves them, and Jesus wants to be their friend forever.  

Every serving opportunity at The Ridge is carefully designed to allow one to grow by impacting others with God’s love, whether through a smile as you greet someone, or by sharing what God is teaching you in a small group setting. The joy is in the serving!

For a preschool volunteer, hearing a two year old yell down the hallway, “Jesus is Alive,” is joy!  A child who only speaks a few words but is able to say your name, brings joy! A child who feels comfortable enough to allow the parents to leave them with someone they know will care for them, is joy!

Pastor Tim challenged us to rethink Sunday mornings, and ask ourselves, “What if success on a Sunday wasn’t defined by how good the service was, but rather, if I impacted someone else today?” Take time this week to answer this question. We are blessed to have the opportunity to serve. If you can’t think of anyone that you impacted for Jesus, you are missing out on the greatest blessings.
Author: Barb Barnhart, Preschool Coordinator
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