July 2nd 2013 No comments yet
One of the more unique aspects of working for a church is having the ability to take time out of office hours to participate in service projects. I recently had that opportunity while volunteering with our Community Care Ministry to pack lunches for children in need throughout our community..
Many children from disadvantaged families depend on the free breakfast and lunch programs offered through school districts. When school lets out for the summer, their families struggle to provide those meals. Stonebriar partnered with the Frisco Family Services Center to provide over 1,300 lunches from June 24-28. People from ages 2-86 worked together to serve those in need.
While I was lifting some boxes full of lunches, I was reminded of a very practical application of the concept of the body of Christ.
Pastoral Leader of Community Care Karen Hawkins told me about an older woman who had wanted to pack lunches, but couldn’t walk very well. “But” she told Karen, “I have a car to drive the lunches to the drop-off sites.”
How very God-like to use a woman who can’t walk as the “feet” of the body of Christ.
1 Corinthians 12:4-6 tells us “There are different kinds of gifts, but the same Spirit distributes them. 5Â There are different kinds of service, but the same Lord. 6Â There are different kinds of working, but in all of them and in everyone it is the same God at work.”
No matter what capacity, our service is pleasing to God. Not all of us can stand in front of a congregation and teach, but we can stand at the door and be a welcoming greeter to those coming in to hear the sermon. Maybe you can’t teach Bible exposition in a class, but there are a bunch of kids who will think your rendition of “Jonah and the Whale” is tops.
We all have a way we can serve, and every role is vital to making the body work.
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