Serving our King

Posted by on Nov 30, 2013 in Blog | 39 comments

Serving our King

Writing articles for my church’s newsletter has rewarded me with a great deal of joy. Each month I have the special privilege of highlighting what God’s doing in various ministries and getting to know many wonderful pastors, leaders, and volunteers who have a passion to serve. As these individuals choose to pursue God’s beautiful dream for their lives, I’m always amazed at how He continues to use them in a powerful way to provide the emotional, spiritual, financial, and physical needs of others.

Witnessing numerous men, women, teens, and even children using their heart, mind, and hands to glorify our Savior is a gift. It can inspire and remind us to develop a servant’s heart and continue to follow God’s call despite any challenge or obstacle we face. As we celebrate the birth of our King this Christmas, may we all decide to serve Him by spreading His love to everyone we meet. For the Bible encourages us to: “Never be lacking in zeal, but keep your spiritual fervor, serving the Lord” (Romans 12:11).

Why is serving an important part of our spiritual journey? How do you enjoy serving in your home, community, country, and/or world?

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    Great post, Danielle. I try serving God by using the gifts and talents He’s given me for others. I love helping churches, ministries, families, and businesses with needs in photography, graphic design, and video production.

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      I love watching you use your gifts for God’s kingdom, Josh. May you continue to use Spirit-filled creativity and follow God’s call!

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      Brother Josh, yours is an amazing ministry!
      Such an artistic way of serving God! I am always blown away to see how God takes different skills His people have and uses them to accomplish His purpose.
      Do you donate some of your services to mission organization?
      Yours skills that God has entrusted you with can become very powerful tools in serving, proclaiming the gospel, and reproducing disciples!

      Your brother and missionary,
      Pastor Surya

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        Thank you, Pastor Surya! Josh is my husband. I believe what he does can be a very powerful way to serve and spread the good news, too! Thank you for encouraging him. “Each one should use whatever gift he has received to serve others, faithfully administering God’s grace in its various forms” (I Peter 4:10).

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    I love this post, I also love that you serve our King faithfully. You use your talents, those God given gifts, to help highlight the various ministries and consistently capture the heart of each ministry and it’s leaders.

    May every person know that they were fearfully and wonderfully made and that God planned amazing good works for each of us to do for His kingdom!! I know that I am always happiest when I am serving our Lord and Savior by using my gifts to help equip and empower women to serve in God’s Kingdom through the Heart to Heart ministry.

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      Amen!! Thank you, Monika. I truly admire how you serve with gladness and choose to follow God’s call in the Heart to Heart ministry at FAC!!

      “For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them” (Ephesians 2:10).

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    As a Mary Kay Consultant, I ENJOY meeting people to “Enrich their Lives” and making them feel important and special. I recently encountered a young lady whose sister was murdered (cut up and threw in a dumpster) and mother is dying of cancer (chemo not effective). When she arrived, she did have a nervous, worried look on her face. Not knowing her problems she faced, I did what we were taught to share the love and make her feel special. When her facial was complete, she BEAMED with joy and happiness. She actually glowed!!! I was quickly reminded of my purpose and why I love this Mary Kay Business!!! I also love Mary Kay philosophy and Golden Rule, “God first, Family second, Career third.”

    As we go through this holiday season we should be sensitive that there are a lot of broken people out there that may need something as small as a smile or hug. We should let the love of Jesus Christ shine through us. “Let your light shine before others that they may see your good work and GLORIFY Your Father in Heaven.” Matthew 5:16

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      Wow, thank you for sharing this, Felecia. I love how you are using your creative skills in makeup artistry to uplift women! I agree. There are many people who are enduring painful situations. Utilizing and developing our gifts to serve and spread God’s love is so important. Sharing with others how God is working as we do this is essential, too. Thank you so much for recording on my post how God is using you to touch women’s lives!

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    Thank you for an amazing post.
    We are created to serve God by serving peoples. Jesus said, “…the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.” (Mt.20:28).Our life is not really about us, it’s about others. We are not to focus on our needs, rather focus on the needs of others. Jesus also commands, “Go into all the world and preach the gospel to all creation.” (Mk 16:15). We are told not only to serve and preach but also to disciple. “…go and make disciples of all nations….” (Mt.28:19).

    We are here on this earth with a mission.In fact, God has send us here for a short time with some jobs to accomplish. He has given us not only jobs but skills and resources to get the job done. Are we willing to focus outside of ourselves and use our God given spiritual gifts, natural abilities, learnt skills, education and resources to reach the unreached nations with the Word and Service?

    The the majority of the world is perishing. And God has given us the ability to rescue these precious souls from the very verge of hell. Are we willing? Some might say,”I am willing but I can’t leave my family and ministry behind to go out there into the world!” It’s true. Even your family is your ministry. But now jfn gives you the opportunity to share the gospel to millions of Nepalese without having to go there. A native missionary can go for you. Remember, when a missionary you send goes into byways and highways proclaiming the gospel and serving people in His name, you are going with him. “…and how shall they preach, except they be sent? even as it is written, How beautiful are the feet of them that bring glad tidings of good things!” (Rom 10:15).

    Be a part of what God is doing through us. Your prayers, encouragement and supports will greatly enhance us to reach many more people for Him.

    Your own missionary in the land of Himalayas,
    Pastor Surya

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      I love what you wrote, Pastor Surya. Amen!! I agree. We were created to serve God and others. I just checked out your website. I really admire how you are choosing to carry out the Great Commission and are committed to taking the gospel to the nations! God’s hand is all over your ministry! I’m going to take a moment and pray for you and “Jesus for Nations Ministries” right now.

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      Pastor Surya, I thank you for your personal example of hearing God’s call and following it to serve him, even as it called you to another country. That is true commitment to your purpose of ministry!

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    Hi Danielle,
    Lately, I have been serving by reaching out to other teachers at my school. We started the school year meeting in the Library and praying weekly,but as the year progresses we are all so busy, so we don’t meet as often. For those who need to hear God’s word and learn of his promises, I have been texting scripture whenever God places these teachers on my heart. I also make time to talk and listen to my co-workers when they are going through trials. In this busy world, God has shown me how this small act can impact others. I pray God continues to show me how he can use me to further HIS Kingdom. xo

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      Praise God!! What a fantastic way to serve, Tracey! Love this!! As a teacher who used to work in the public school district. I am very passionate about helping other teachers follow God’s call in serving others. I love how you are reaching out to other teachers at your school and dedicating time to pray and encourage one another. Keep me posted on how that’s going and I will continue to pray for you as you continue to be obedient to God’s Word in serving!

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    Great reminder and reflective opportunity Danielle in this season and for any season.

    Only Love can be entrusted with Absolute Truth. All other attitudes will murder and mangle Truthfulness. All meaningful conversation, prayer, doctrine, or service, must be started and empowered by Love. We are the representation of His love, grace, and kindness on earth. Our ACTS OF LOVE speak much further than any sermon, any other communication. The Gospel of Christ is the Gospel of Love.

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      Very true, Robert. Amen! God is love. We were created to love and serve Him and others! “Love must be sincere. Hate what is evil; cling to what is good. Be devoted to one another in brotherly love. Honor one another above yourselves. Never be lacking in zeal, but keep your spiritual fervor, serving the Lord. Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer. Share with God’s people who are in need. Practice hospitality” (Romans 12:9-13).

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    I recently finished a 40 day campaign with Purpose Driven Life by Rick Warren. The message that resonated most for me was serving God in the little things are a big deal to Him. At the end of the day, it’s all worship. What we do, we do as an act of worship. Washing dishes, folding clothes, cooking dinner, all the little mundane acts of life are huge acts of worship. God sees it all & he delights in it! Knowing that he sees my yes, by yes, gives me deep satisfaction in what I do. Even when it feels like no one cares. He does! He sees me!

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      Yes! I love what you added, Theresa. You reminded me that we were all shaped to serve, worship, and love God. That’s wonderful that you made the commitment to finish the 40 day campaign with Purpose Driven Life. That book inspired and encouraged me to follow God’s call and pursue His dream for my life. I learned that God’s plan for our lives will always include serving and worshiping Him! 🙂

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        Danielle, your writings bless so many and I’m glad to be counted among them. As Felicia shared, there are so many broken people around and it may seem easier to turn away but Jesus never turned away. I’m continually challenged to find tangible and intangible ways to minister to the people who God sends my way. We measure serving and ministry by numbers and results. Jesus measures with a very different yardstick of sacrificial love. As you know, I work at a crisis pregnancy center and thank God for the privilege. Every woman has a different story and and is desperately trying to find someone to listen. So our ministry is to listen, respond with love and respect, and find resources. So deep is the love of Christ our Savior. Jesus came that we might live with Him forever, serving Him is the greatest joy!

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          Thank you, Kathi. You’re right. Thank you for reminding us we are serving and working for the Lord. The way He measures is what’s important. I loved having the opportunity to visit you at the pregnancy crisis center. I was inspired by your heart to serve and your passion to follow God’s call. I will take a moment and pray right now for you and this ministry!

          “Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for human masters, since you know that you will receive an inheritance from the Lord as a reward. It is the Lord Christ you are serving” (Colossians 23:24).

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    Serving the Lord and others is important because our inner most desires are fashioned after our Savior who came to serve us. Other aspects of life don’t provide satisfaction that last because they are not tide to our eternal purpose. I love serving in many ways, but the most satsfying way is to help others see the importance of having a personal relationship with the Lord our Savior.

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      Amen. That’s wonderful, Yvonne. I’m so glad you added your comment. I love learning from my sisters in Christ. Thank you for reminding us how important it is to serve God by helping others see the importance of having a personal relationship with Him.

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    Thanks for your post, Danielle!

    Over the past year, God has been speaking to my heart about drawing closer and closer to Him.
    Every day.
    In every circumstance.

    I used to think that “serving Him” was my willingness to be on committees at church, fixing a meal for someone or teaching Sunday School/youth at church, etc. And yes, all those things are serving Him. But I am learning that even more than these, it is having a heart that is sensitive to what He is asking of me each day and my willingness to say YES. I am learning more and more that my “service” is just an overflow of my heart growing closer to His. And that service looks completely different every single day. It’s really a new adventure with HIM each day!

    I still have so far to grow, but my desire is to begin each day with…”Lord, please open my heart to hear you today. Use me in any way you see fit and help me have the strength and desire to say YES in every circumstance I encounter. Help my attitudes and actions be a form of worship and may they be pleasing to you. I know this can only happen in YOUR power. Amen.”

    Thanks for your thoughts, Danielle!
    And thanks for the privilege of walking by your side in this journey of faith!

    May God richly bless you and your ministry!

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      Praise God! Thanks, Katie. Great stuff! I confess that having a heart that’s sensitive to what God is asking of me each day is sometimes not easy. I love when God places someone in my life who has made the choice to say “Yes” to His calling to serve. It motivates and inspires me. Thank you for reminding us to pray and be open to God’s voice. May we all step out of our comfort zones, trust God, and support one another as we do what we were created to do!

      “Therefore encourage one another and build each other up, just as in fact you are doing” (I Thessalonians 5:11).

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    Dear Danielle, thank you for using your gifts to impact His kingdom. I pray that the Holy Spirit will use you to inspire hundreds of lives – especially the next generation. We are honored to serve The Lord via a small ministry called Collyde in NJ ( Greater things are yet to come and greater things are yet to done – in His name. Keep believing. God bless you and this blog and your ministry. In-Christ, Jinu

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      Thank you, Jinu. Supporting and praying for one another in ministry is so important! I just checked out your website. Wow! I enjoyed reading in your latest blog post about the exciting things that have happened in your ministry. I truly admire how you are recognizing God’s hand throughout your journey in following His call! I will take a moment and pray right now for the Collyde ministry.

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    Danielle-we went to church last night and got the first look at the connection article you did on Catalyst Men’s Groups…well done! The whole piece is amazing–God truly gifted you as a writer. My wife read it and told me that it really gave her a sense for what happens to a man when he says “yes” to God and decides to make a commitment to be in community with men pursuing an authentic relationship with Jesus. I’m excited to see how God uses the article to reach men and to to hear them tell me that your article was life changing for them as I believe it will be. Somehow you made Erik, Rick, and I look like we know what what we are doing 🙂 and Josh somehow made us look good in the pictures!
    Praise God for you guys–keep doing what you are doing and saying YES to God!

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      Thank you so much, Doug! Your kindness and encouragement really mean a lot to me. For about two years, I’ve truly enjoyed writing “Ministry Profiles” for the Connection. Many people don’t know I’ve been helping with this because none of the the writers include their names in the church’s newsletter. I confess there are days when I don’t feel worthy to help in this role. It’s comments like yours that motivate me in continuing to serve the Lord! Please thank your wife for me, too!

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    Another great post, Danielle!
    As I wrote in one of my recent posts, to be a Christian is to be a servant. And, I believe, servanthood begins at home (that’s why I said my wife is the greatest Christian I know). Serving others is demonstrating the love of Christ. It’s serving others that gives us the opportunity to share the good news with those we’re serving. Our church believes in serving the community for this reason. For example, our church cooked Thanksgiving dinner and served it to fourteen thousand needy people this year. I am glad you belong to a church that serves also.
    God bless you and your family this Christmas season.

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      Thanks, Bill! I’m so glad you are a part of a church community that believes serving is important, too. I love learning about more brothers and sisters in Christ who are helping others in need. I agree. Serving others is demonstrating the love of Christ!

      “It is more blessed to give than to receive” (Acts 20:35). “For even the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many” (Mark 10:45).

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    I am blessed beyond all measure being a part of FAC Planet 678, choir, and short-term mission work! It is not what I do, but what I have received back from serving. I am always encouraged by those that dedicate their time and lives with serving the Lord. My blessing comes from seeing the fruit of these ministries changing lives. Daily I pray that Satan flees from touching these leaders and God continues to bless them!!! Keep serving, Dani!!!

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      Thank you, mom! I have always admired your passion for serving. I believe you are an incredible woman who always desires to put others before yourself. You have demonstrated your love of giving and serving to me on numerous occasions. When you move to Florida, I pray that you will continue on your journey towards using your gifts to serve God and others! Love you!

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    Hey there, Danielle!
    Usually when I think of serving the King, music comes to mind or minichurch or the “ministry of presence”–just being available for people. I also often think of my role as a spouse, particularly a military spouse, serving God by serving and (literally) following my husband. Nowadays another role comes to mind. Tomorrow I’ll be 19 weeks along in my first pregnancy. With each new day and each new preparation, the idea of becoming a mother becomes more real. As I feel them kick (there are two), the actuality of their life–they really exist!–and my responsibility to them and to God is overwhelming. Being a parent and shepherding these two towards their true Shepherd will be the greatest service I have ever given to Him. And more than any other service that He has ever called on me to do, this one will take more than raw talent! If ever I believed that I have served God with my own resources and on my own strength, this is teaching me otherwise. The King calls, and He also equips. He does the work by His Spirit–thank you, Lord! We are called to participate in His work and He is faithful to to give us everything we need–and to walk with us and lead us every step of the way–so that we can confidently serve Him without fear of failure.

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      Hi Rebecca! I’m so happy you shared on my blog. I always learn so much from what God is teaching you. We can all learn a great deal from one another when we record how God’s hand is working as we follow His call. I love how you are choosing to serve God in each of the roles you have been blessed with. Congratulations on your pregnancy! Did I read that correctly? You will be having twins?!! I am so happy for you! God is so good! I love that last line you wrote, “We are called to participate in His work and He is faithful to to give us everything we need–and to walk with us and lead us every step of the way–so that we can confidently serve Him without fear of failure.” What a great reminder! Amen!

      “I will sing of the LORD’s great love forever; with my mouth I will make your faithfulness known through all generations” (Psalm 89:1).

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    Loved your article, Danielle! Thank you for challenging us to use our gifts to help others see Jesus, our King! As you know, I serve our King through speaking and writing. I’ve had the honor of introducing our King as Savior to many. I don’t know why God allows me to do that except it’s His plan for each of us to glorify His Name. When we do, He draws others to Him.

    I also serve through encouragement. For example, Christmas can be a sad time for some. I tend to seek those people out and offer encouragement. Sometimes it’s a listening ear and a prayer. Other times it’s a card or hug–maybe providing for some need… Mostly, it’s my daily witness. As a Christian, I represent Christ. His Name is at stake. I long to live in a way that causes others to ask, “What have you got and I can I have it.”

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      Thank you, Micca! I’m truly honored that you took a moment to read my post and share what God is teaching you as you serve. I had the special privilege of witnessing God use you in a powerful way at FAC’s Ladies Retreat. I love your heart and your desire to glorify our King! I prayed that I would get a chance to talk to you at the retreat. I was amazed that God answered my prayer and placed us at the same table when it was time to eat. I will never forget how you listened to me share my heart and the encouragement you gave me to follow God’s call. I pray that the Lord continues to use you to touch many people’s lives!

      “Therefore encourage one another and build each other up, just as in fact you are doing” (I Thessalonians 5:11).

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    I think serving is simply part of the identity of the Christian. Jesus didn’t say, “come follow me and… you can continue life as usual adding me in when you want…” or “come follow me… and you’ll have hell insurance.” He said “I will make you fishers of men.” It’s humbling and exciting to think that God has given the Christian time, treasures, and talent to use to invest in His Kingdom through service. For my wife and I, we have heard God’s calling to serving lost people in South Jersey through starting a new Church Plant called Journey. We are priveleged to be servant leaders of a team that follows God and serves folks all in a community on mission. We are already partnering with local secular businesses to feed and clothe the homeless and care for children with cancer. I can’t think of anything I’d rather be doing. I’d encourage anyone reading these posts to truly seek God on how He want to use your unique gifts and personality to serve Him and others. It’s not easy. And people won’t always like what you share… but there’s just something powerful about doing what you were called and created to do. Thanks Danielle for initiating this!

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      Amen!! Thank you for adding your comment, Erik! I love how you explained and reminded us we were all created to serve. I am so excited to see the amazing things God is going to do as you and your wife follow God’s voice in starting a new church plant. You’re right. “There is something so powerful about doing what you were called to do!” God is so good. He knows what’s best. His way is the best way! I’m going to take a moment right now to pray for you and Journey. “Now all to glory to God, who is able, through His mighty power at work within us, to accomplish infinitely more than we might ask or think” (Ephesians 3:20).

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