- Parent Category: FAQs
- Category: Questions about Christian Life
- Published on Saturday, 21 November 2009 11:48
Answering this could take many pages, but a few suggestions might help. As the question emphasizes, this is primarily service for the Lord. Therefore, honor the Lord by being at all the assembly gatherings (Hebrews 10:25). Come prepared to give something to the Lord whether you are a sister or brother (13:15; 1Pe 2:5). Live a godly life that manifests Christ (Titus 2:11, 12). Maintain separation from the world and sanctity from sin (2 Corinthians 6:11-7:1). Know the Spirit’s power through a life of communion (Ephesians 6:1-18).
But that is incomplete if the Christian life does not reach out to other believers and to unbelievers. Zeal for the gospel will inspire habitual, personal testimony to unbelievers. Working to bring unbelievers to the Sunday school or gospel meetings is a responsibility for all.
"Encourage (JND) one another daily" (Hebrews 3:13). "Consider one another" (Hebrews 10:24) so that we will perceive others’ needs. "By love, serve one another" (Galatians 5:13). Some will appreciate a visit, which may include, as did the Lord (John 21:12-18), material and spiritual provision. Seek the restoration of wanderers. "Bear ye one another’s burdens" (Galatians 6:2) with a responsive, sensitive heart. Know when a "word in season" (Isaiah 50:4) will help and when a home-cooked meal will be more helpful. "Use hospitality one to another" (1 Peter 4:9) for the furtherance of the gospel, the preservation of the young or vulnerable, and the strengthening of fellowship with all the believers in the assembly. Find ways to act and things to do that will increase the unity of the assembly around Christ (Mark 9:34, 50b). "Pray one for another" (James 5:16).
Serving in the assembly includes helping to maintain the assembly’s meeting place. Cutting the grass, planting flowers and shrubs, maintaining the grounds, painting the outside trim, washing toilets, sweeping floors, moving chairs, changing light bulbs, and organizing the storage closet are some low-profile ways to serve the Lord - and expend youthful energy.