to be a servant
to answer the needs of
to provide services that benefit or help
Once a month, Seacoast Church has what they call "Serve Saturday". It's a volunteer opportunity whereby people from the church gather and then go out into the surrounding community to serve people and to build relationships with them. They do an adopt-a-block nearby. They also have a car care team that meets at a garage in the back parking lot of the church and they handle some minor car repairs primarily for single moms and low income people. They also have various other serve opportunities which are available on this day.
Since the Worship Choir has had the summer off, our director, Anne Fike, decided that we really ought to get involved in various ways in the community. Today was Serve Saturday and we met at the church this morning to volunteer as a team. The opportunities today were the adopt-a-block, helping with a Habitat for Humanity house, and working with the car care team. We decided it would be fun to work on the house. However, there were contractor issues and no one was at the house. There were already several people working in the other two areas, so Anne came up with a plan.
Today's Serve Saturday opportunity included a "free car wash ministry"! The plan was that we would set up right by the car care team, and as people finished up with their oil changes or whatever else they were having done on their cars, they could then pull forward and have the choir volunteers wash their car for free. Supplies were obtained and signs were made. A few people stood out on the street to invite passersby to take part in this service. We washed a lot of cars. It was HOT. Blazing hot. It was very gratifying.
|Worship Choir car wash team (photo borrowed from Anne's twitpic post!)|
We arrived for our volunteer time only to find that the need we wanted to fill wasn't available. Instead of piggy-backing on the large group already doing the adopt-a-block, our leader created a service we could provide to people. Washing cars may not sound like much of a service or like an opportunity to do God's work, but let me tell you, it really was. We provided a service that otherwise would not have existed today. Yes, initially we wound up washing some cars of the people who were volunteering. Maybe that seems self-serving, but, you know what? It was very much appreciated. My car was washed. I felt a tad guilty at first, but I thought, you know, if it weren't for this, my car wouldn't be getting washed. The cost of a car wash, right now, isn't in the budget. I know I, myself, am truly grateful. I know that the strangers who we served were most grateful for the service. We got a few random people in off the street after they'd seen the signs for the free car wash. They couldn't believe that we were actually doing it for free. The appreciation was amazing.
You know when you're doing something that God would be happy with when the Enemy finds a way in. In the time we spent washing cars, we had one bad experience. It's a free service! But one person, who had apparently waited for a while (albeit in a spot where we might have thought they were waiting for service on their car), got really upset about their wait and literally floored it on out of there after making a point of telling members of our crew how long they waited. All of us were working on two cars at this time and, unfortunately, we weren't aware they were waiting for us. In our defense, they didn't get out of their car to inquire as to the wait time either. We all just let the experience slide off our backs.
Serving means providing a need for someone. It means giving of yourself humbly to provide that service. It means providing that service without grumbling or complaining. (Did I mention it was blazing hot???) It means doing everything cheerfully and in a way that would honor God. I am grateful for the fellowship with my team and for the opportunity to be a part of building relationships in the community. I hope I served the Lord honorably today.
Isaiah 6:8 New International Version (NIV)
New International Version (NIV)
8 Then I heard the voice of the Lord saying, “Whom shall I send? And who will go for us?” And I said, "Here am I. Send me!"
Matthew 25:40 New International Version (NIV)
40 “The King will reply, ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.’
Ephesians 6:7-8 New International Version (NIV)
7 Serve wholeheartedly, as if you were serving the Lord, not people, 8 because you know that the Lord will reward each one for whatever good they do, whether they are slave or free.