As you come to him, the living Stone—rejected by men but chosen by God and precious to him— you also, like living stones, are being built into a spiritual house to be a holy priesthood, offering spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ.
I Peter 2:4,5
We’ve started a new Volunteer Recognition award at our church. It’s called Living Stones, based on the concept that each of us is a ‘stone’ in the foundation of the church. The church is not a building, but rather we are the church, a living organism, built by the body of believers.
We gave our first stone out yesterday. It was so cool to honor our Nursery Leader, Michele Cole. Michele has the heart of a servant. She misses out on a lot of big people church, because she is always in the nursery taking care of the little ones. It is an important duty, the children are our future and their experiences, even at a young age, can influence how they feel about church and ultimately God as they grow and mature.
In Matthew, Jesus tells us that the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve. If we say we are followers of Jesus, we need to follow in His footsteps. We need to follow His heart. We need to have a heart to serve.
I have a friend that started helping out in our church food pantry. She thought it would be a good thing to do, helping others in need. And it was. But she realized at the end of the day, she had received a blessing. As she spent the day caring for others , God had blessed her with such an intense feeling of fulfillment.
We can all be Living Stones, the harvest is plentiful, but the workers are few.
Father, thank you for allowing us to serve you through serving others. Thank you for giving us the blessing, when we think we are giving it to another. And Lord thank you for giving us the greatest example of servanthood ever … you giving your life so that we might live.
I love you Jesus!
In your name I pray,
God Bless You!
The Choices You Make Today …
Will Affect Your Tomorrow!