It is my prayer that every Christian recognizes the importance of serving God through the way we serve others. There are few things, if any, that are as emotionally exhilarating, and draining, as the task of serving others. Having worked in a variety of ministry settings, including various roles within Christian camp ministry, I understand the excitement that often comes with the beginning of a new ministry or ministry season. I also understand the weariness than can develop when our focus begins to drift away from the ministry of serving and onto ourselves.
This is day six in the sixth week of devotions from the book, “Serving God: Devotions for Active Worship”. This devotional book is laid out in thirteen weeks of daily devotions with each week wrapped around an aspect of how we can serve others. Each of these devotions are designed to help a person spend time with God to see how serving others is an act of worship.
Faith That Is Communicated
“Consequently, faith comes from hearing the message, and the message is heard through the word of Christ.“
Romans 10:17 (NIV)
What do you believe in? What would your friends say you believe in? Would those answers be different? Why? Have you ever found out that a long-time friend or co-worker, that you never would have guessed was a believer, was a Christian? Why did you never think so? Who is the last person you told about your faith in Christ? How long did it take you to come up with an answer to that question? How will you be sure your faith is both seen and heard as you serve?
Perhaps you have read stories, or even known someone, that has died after living in apparent poverty only to have it revealed afterwards that they were actually quite wealthy. We hear that and most people think, “how sad”. Yet even more sad is when a person enters a relationship with Christ and no one around them is aware of their faith. The Bible says that faith comes by hearing, but not just any hearing, it is the hearing of the Word of God. As we serve, it is important that we communicate our faith in both words and actions.
As you pray, ask God to help you be intentional about making your faith known. Pray that you would clearly communicate your faith as you serve today.