Growing to Serve1
“As each has received a gift, use it to serve one another, as good stewards of God's varied grace: whoever speaks, as one who speaks oracles of God; whoever serves, as one who serves by the strength that God supplies—in order that in everything God may be glorified through Jesus Christ. To him belong glory and dominion forever and ever. Amen.” (1 Peter 4:10-11)
At theGathering Fort Mill, we’re rooted in worship and growing to serve. We believe that everything we are and do should flow from a recognition and acknowledgement of who God is and what he has done. And we believe that true worship is lived out in the service of God and others.
In a sense, though, service is both the fruit and the root of our worship. As we magnify and exalt God for his attributes and his acts, we are inspired and empowered to serve. And as we serve, God is magnified and exalted as the originator of all good works (Matthew 5:16).
It’s an upward cycle: service flows from worship, and worship is engendered by service, which leads to worship, which results in service, and so on and so on…
And God’s glory is at the center of it all: “…in order that in everything God may be glorified…” So the glory of God is the genesis and the goal of the servant’s heart.
We’re growing to serve; none of us has arrived. All too often, even our “good works” are for our own glory, not God’s. May he grant each of us a servant’s heart, motivated by a desire to make much of God, and God alone.