God’s call to Serve
There can be many motives for serving: because we see a need, because we feel guilty, because it makes us a feel better about ourselves.
The grace of God motivates us to radical acts of love and service that guilt and fear never will.
The Bible calls us to service for a different reason—because God served us in Jesus. Jesus said that He came not be served, but to serve (Mark 10.42-45). And, this service culminated in offering His life for our sin. Seeing the poverty of our souls, Jesus becomes poor, so we might become rich. So, the Christian motive is different, it’s not to work off a guilty conscience, or a crutch to feel righteous and acceptable, but rather fueled by our gratitude for grace.
The Bible calls for Every-Member ministry.
Why we serve has everything to do with the way we serve. Grace helps us to appreciate our gifts and talents, but also accept our God-given limits. We then come to appreciate our need for others in the community (1 Corinthians 12). At Grace DC, we believe that every member is necessary. Only when the entire community is appreciated and employed in serving will we grow into the body of Christ (Ephesians 4).