I wrote last week that a great goal for every believer is discover two doors of service through which they can walk. One is a door of meaningful service in the church; the other is a door of meaningful service in the community. The first builds up the local church, the Body of Christ. The second puts us into the position to demonstrate the love of Christ in our community.
Jesus said to His followers, “You are the salt of the earth…You are the light of the world” (Matthew 5:13,14). Salt was used for seasoning and cleansing, as well as preserving. The benefits of light are obvious. Whether through the sun or through a candle, light supplied illumination. Our light takes the form of good deeds done before a watching world. Jesus said, “Let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven” (v.16). So to be salt and light means to live lives filled with good works that attract others to our Father.
Think with me about just a few of the possibilities for doing this.
You can be salt and light through your profession. Whatever jobs we may perform in the marketplace should be seen as opportunities to serve others. The way in which, and the attitude with which, we go about our work should point others to our God. When we see our work as service to God and others we present a powerful witness.
You can be salt and light through community ministries. Throughout the week our church has an extensive outreach to the underprivileged in our community. We provide food, clothing and other necessities to persons in need. As we do this we are faithful to give a verbal witness for Christ. If you are interested in volunteering to serve in community ministries please contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
You can be salt and light through involvement with a local pregnancy center. These centers are a vital outreach to women who have unexpected pregnancies and who may potentially consider abortion as an option. Pregnancy centers give valuable counsel to these expectant moms and dads about options other than abortion. In doing so they share a verbal witness for Jesus Christ. Our church is an active partner with the Fort Worth Pregnancy Center (www.fwpc.org). You may also find opportunities for service and witness at the Arlington/Mansfield Pregnancy Centers (www.arlingtonpc.org) and the Pregnancy Lifeline (www.pregnancylifeline.net). Female volunteers in these centers are obviously very important in dealing with expectant mothers. However, male volunteers may help ministering to the expectant fathers.
These are just a few doors of service in the community where you can let your light shine to a world shrouded in darkness. But the opportunities are unlimited. Pray that God will show you where He wants to plant you in serving your community in His name.
Will you consider rearranging your priorities and your schedule to make time to serve both in the church and in the community?