Trouble Feeling Like a Christian? Get Out and Serve Someone

November 4, 2008

Our relief trip got postponed a week. But it was great. Checkout the report, complete with pictures in the events thread under Hurricane Ike Relief Trip.

Today, I just want to share something I learned last week. I don’t think I have ever felt more like a Christian than I did last week. Now don’t get me wrong. I know feeling like a Christian doesn’t make me one. I know that being of service doesn’t earn salvation or make me a Christian. I know all of that. However, I can’t shake this lesson. 

I have preached full time for nearly 14 years. I have held dozens of meetings and preached to crowds in the hundreds. I have been involved in wonderfully fulfilling small group studies. I have taught hundreds of Bible classes. I have taught numerous one on one studies and baptized dozens of people. I have written five books and produced one dvd. Yet, for all of this, I felt most like a Christian last week crawling around on my hands and knees, pulling nails, cutting insulation and hanging sheetrock.

That especially came home to me on Friday as we had just completed working on our final house and the brother who was the son of the homeowner offered the prayer for the meal. As he began to cry giving thanks not just for the meal but for our help, I felt like I had really been serving the Lord.

Have you ever felt disconnected from God? Have you ever felt like you just weren’t all there as a Christian? I believe you can find the answer right here. If you want to draw near to God, don’t wallow in self-pity in your home. Go find someone to serve. 

Doesn’t this just make sense? Jesus said, “Even as the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve…” (Matthew 20:28, ESV). How better to feel connected to Jesus than to go out and act like Him.

Maybe it won’t work like this for you. But this is a lesson I’ll never forget for me.

May God richly bless you as you draw closer to Him. More importantly, may you richly bless God.

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