What evidence is there in your life that you believe in heaven?
As Pastor Miles showed us today, our actions reveal our true beliefs, and serving in ministry is one way we show that we believe in Jesus and want others to know him for eternity also.
In Mark 2:1-12, Jesus is in a house full of people wanting to see, hear, and be healed by Jesus. In this crowded place, four friends bring their paralytic friend to Jesus by lowering him in from the rooftop. This passionate act shows us a model for ministry - helping those who can't help themselves.
As the Rock pursues its goal of 6000 ministry hours in 2009, Pastor Miles challenged each person to identify the burden on his/her heart. God wants to use you, your resources, experiences, gifts and talents for a specific type of person or struggle. Whom will you help?
1) Identify a specific burden you want to help someone carry.
Don't get caught up in organizations, but rather be caught up in the people they are helping. Whom do you want to help and how do you want to help them?
Now then, we are ambassadors for Christ, as though God were pleading through us: we implore you on Christ's behalf, be reconciled to God. 2 Corinthians 5:20
As God lives and works in you, He upholds you and shapes you by your struggles. Part of the reason He does this is so that you will be able to help others. There are many people in your life who have burdens that they can't carry alone. Don't waste your precious experiences on you - you have come through them and don't need them anymore - polish them off and give the gift to someone else!
Bear one another's burdens, and so fulfill the law of Christ. Galatians 6:2
2) Identify a friend with whom you can serve.
The paralytic is helped by a group of friends who bind together for the cause of getting the man to Jesus. In the same way, you can bind together with others to serve God.
Don't feel like you have to be the perfect volunteer on the first day. Find a place that really fits your gifts and the passions you have to help others. Take your spouse. Take your friend. Go and learn about three or four ministries to see what they're like.
3) Spend time planning ahead and thinking outside of the box on how you will carry that burden.
The men in Mark 2 knew it would be difficult to get their paralyzed friend in the crowded house to see Jesus, but they found a way because they believed that Jesus could make a difference. This should be our mentality in ministry: how can I help my friend? (See Hebrews 10:24-25)
Each of you has the ability to think of an idea, but ideas always get better when they are shared with other people who can each share his/her own best contributions and gifts. For this reason, we bind together in ministry and serve together, not alone.
4) Deliver the person to Jesus.
When you serve people, whether feeding them, encouraging them, or helping them find employment, make sure that at some time in the process you express that you are motivated by Jesus. Express God's love and concern for their eternal life and offer them the opportunity to have a relationship with Jesus just as you do. After all, having a job here on earth is great, but going to heaven is much better.
Your faith is evident by what you do. If you believe in Jesus, then you will trust Him and serve Him with all that you are.
Your faith is evident by what you do. If you believe in Jesus, then you will trust Him and serve Him with all that you are. James 2:20 says, But do you want to know, O foolish man, that faith without works is dead?
DO Something! Spend time praying to identify the type of person you feel called to serve. Join a ministry with a friend and spend time planning ahead on how God would use you to make the biggest impact possible.Take the Spiritual Gifts Test