The Christmas season is one of the busiest for people and the same is true for churches and other community organizations. There are extra services, programs and outreaches. Extra volunteers are needed to do everything the churches, organizations and clubs try to do during this time and many of us sign up to help out.
Since it is a time when we are already pressed for time with all the extra things we need to get done, it is a time when we really need to make sure we are spending time with God in prayer and in His Word. Without taking time to spend with God, it will be hard for us to know where He wants us to serve Him and challenging to serve Him in the way we should.
I don’t know about you but when I am stressed out with all of the things I need to get done on my to do list and I add a few other extra service activities, I can feel overwhelmed. When I am overwhelmed, I am not at my best and can easily slip into my flesh reactions rather than those led by the Spirit.
“…But as for me and my household, we will serve the Lord.”
When we choose to serve on a committee, help out at school, with a club or even at church, we are choosing to represent Christ in each of those places.
2 Corinthians 5:20
We are therefore Christ’s ambassadors, as though God were making his appeal through us…
As believers we represent Christ to all people in all situations, whether we realize it or not. We are God’s agents and should be revealing Him to the world. This is especially true when we are serving. So, what does your service look like? Are you serving with a servant’s heart? Do people see Christ in you when you serve?
When we serve with a negative attitude, are frustrated or irritated with those we are serving with, how things are being done or because we are pressed for time, we certainly aren’t very good ambassadors for Christ. People should be able to tell WHO we serve by HOW we serve. Regardless of where we are serving, we are serving Christ and people should see Him shining through us. As you serve in your community, work, school and church this Christmas season, make it very clear to those around you WHO you are serving by HOW you are serving!