With Servolution coming up this Sunday for Coastal and three other churches on the island, I’ve been inspired to share my thoughts.
Servolution IS a day for our church and others to join together to reach out to the community, not just to show our appreciation or give back or be impacted, but to serve. What Servolution IS NOT, is just a season or a day. Galveston is in need in so many ways and we are called to serve. Yes, you and me.
“For you were called to freedom, brethren; only do not turn your freedom into an opportunity for the flesh, but through love serve one another.” – Galatians 5:13
Servolution is so much more than going out for a few hours to work then going back home to our everyday lives. Our purpose is more than just a few hours of work. Our purpose is to give everyone an opportunity to realize the need around them and then do something about it. Not just one Sunday morning, but every morning. Whether it be prayer, giving time, supplies or using the gifts God blessed you with to make a difference, we are each called to serve. So we take one Sunday each year and place people out in the community so that each and every one of us can see things outside of our comfortable little box, find the need, find a new passion and in doing so, we pray that many go back.
“As each one has received a special gift, employ it in serving one another as good stewards of the manifold grace of God.” – 1 Peter 4:10
Something I realized a few weeks ago was that we can’t expect change if we sit back and wait for other people to do the work. I know that sounds silly and obvious and it wasn’t that I hadn’t thought about it before but I had always doubted God’s ability to use me. Be the change. Right, I thought. Me. One person. Be the change. Nope. By doubting God’s ability, I became the person just as guilty for not only the lack of change, but the need for change.
Then God placed on my heart and mind so many stories in the Bible that are proof of God’s ability to use not only our strengths but our weaknesses to be a catalyst for change. He instilled gifts and passion in every one of us to be used toward His purpose.
When we sit back and become the onlooker or the bystander, we become a part of the negative influence and impact. A German pastor, Jobst Bittner, came and spoke at our university this past Thursday about the impacts of the Holocaust. He talked about those who hadn’t participated in what was happening but had stood back and never fought or said a word against what was going on. “Even though they may have just been onlookers, they became guilty.” We become guilty in our silence because we could be who God intended to use for change.
Open your eyes. Look around you and you don’t have to look far to find need. 90% of Galveston is unchurched. That alone should have a tremendous impact on each of us. Now what are we going to do about it? What are YOU going to do about it? How are you going to let God use you?
Be a tool. His tool for change.