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Serving – I Will Go: Colossians 3:12-17

I want everyone today to dwell on this section of scripture, Colossians 3:12-17. This passage is instruction on Christian living and can be directly applied to how we interact with others, especially in the context of serving.

If you’ve served in local or international missions for any length of time, undoubtedly you experienced a frustrating moment with those you were serving. Perhaps you’ve allowed anger to consume you and make you bitter or worn-out in serving, but this passage reminds us to forgive as we have been forgiven, to love one another as members of the body of Christ, and virtues to reflect in our serving. There is also instruction for serving and teaching in God’s wisdom and a reminder that we are ambassadors for God in all that we do.

I encourage you to take some time now, to read and reflect on this passage regarding how you serve.

12 Since God chose you to be the holy people he loves, you must clothe yourselves with tenderhearted mercy, kindness, humility, gentleness, and patience. 13 Make allowance for each other’s faults, and forgive anyone who offends you. Remember, the Lord forgave you, so you must forgive others. 14 Above all, clothe yourselves with love, which binds us all together in perfect harmony. 15 And let the peace that comes from Christ rule in your hearts. For as members of one body you are called to live in peace. And always be thankful.

16 Let the message about Christ, in all its richness, fill your lives. Teach and counsel each other with all the wisdom he gives. Sing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs to God with thankful hearts. 17 And whatever you do or say, do it as a representative of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks through him to God the Father

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Serving- I Will Go: Personal Growth

Hello everyone! We’re going to be in our series on Serving again today, but we’re going to take a look at serving from a different angle. So far we’ve discussed the call to serve, the importance of avoiding the desire to be the “fixer” of others, and how some people don’t want to be served. Every post so far has touched on this theme of serving not being about us. I’m hesitant to say this next phrase, but sometimes serving is about us.

We shouldn’t serve out of selfish desires or with any unhealthy motives and when we serve out of God’s call in our lives we may not experience any worldly rewards. However, if we’re listening, God is often speaking to us as we serve and in this sense, it is about we who are serving as well as those who are being served. All day long God is guiding and shaping us and He doesn’t stop when we’re serving.  In fact, it’s when serving others that we may see some of our biggest deficiencies. God can open our eyes to areas we need to grow in, but we need to be paying attention.

Sometimes we can over-correct and in efforts to not serve others out of selfishness or a paternalistic mindset, we can make serving too much about those being served and forget that those doing the serving need to grow too.  Often God uses these experiences to shape us to be more like Him; and often, the areas He wants to grow us in reflect virtues such as the fruit of the spirit.

But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faith, gentleness, self-control. Galatians 5:22-23a

Let’s apply this verse to how we approach serving. How often do we fully live up to each of these characteristics? Now, take some time to reflect on when you’ve volunteered or gone on a mission trip: what did God teach you, did He show you personal weaknesses in any of these virtues? How did He grow you through that experience?

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6.8 Day!

It’s 6.8 Day!!

What is that you ask? It’s a day we celebrate every June 8th to take time talk about what SERVE 6.8 is doing in the community and give supporters a chance to come alongside through financially giving to allow us to continue our work.

Why should you support SERVE 6.8? Great question! We are a Christian-based nonprofit who is solely funded by churches, businesses, and individuals like you.

Our heart and mission is to unify and equip the local church of Jesus Christ in caring for those struggling financially. We do this through our 3 programs: the Resource Center, Community Impact, and Adopt-A-Family. When we started our Resource Center, we had 6 partner churches and now (2 years later) we are at 19! Every day we are encouraged and in awe of the great blessings God has bestowed upon this partnership of churches and how He has been moving across our Northern Colorado community.

These are the goals we seek in our programs:

  • mobilize volunteers to serve Northern Colorado
  • help families and individuals reach financial sustainability
  • our ultimate goal is that those serving and those being served would be reconciled to Christ

Thank you to all who have supported SERVE 6.8 over the past five years! Your generosity with your time, talent and treasure allows us to serve over 2,500 families every year and you’ve served over 90,000 volunteer hours.  Please consider giving today to continue to support our mission, thank you!

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