Everybody can be great, because anybody can serve. You don’t have to have a college degree to serve. You don’t have to make your subject and your verbs agree to serve…You don’t have to know the second theory of thermodynamics in physics to serve. You only need a heart full of grace and a soul generated by love. Martin Luther King
Serving is not a new concept. This message is taught repeatedly in the Scriptures. Peter tells us in 1 Peter 4:10, “As each has received a gift, use it to serve one another, as good stewards of God’s varied grace.”
Albuquerque’s First Baptist Church takes serving seriously. Pastor Michael M. Cook often reminds the congregation of what we refer to as The Big Three: worship, participation in small groups and serving.
Aside from the biblical reasons for volunteering, here are four great reasons to volunteer in the community.
By volunteering with an ongoing program, volunteers see growth and change. Whether working with children who are learning to read or adults who are developing trust with their peers, volunteers can actually watch growth among their clients over time. This reinforces the volunteer’s own sense of worthiness and vitality in the program.
There’s nothing more fulfilling than realizing how much of an impact a volunteer can make. Volunteers working together to build a children’s playground or low-cost housing for needy families can later visit these sites and see how the project has enriched the neighborhood. Just a few hours of helping can turn into a lifetime of opportunity, which is one of the greatest benefits of volunteering.
Volunteer opportunities often allow people to try new activities or learn new skills. For example, when an accountant volunteers to help cook a holiday dinner at a homeless shelter, he walks away with not only a few cooking tips, but also knowledge of how to keep food at a safe temperature and how to serve large groups.
When like-minded people get together, friendships are formed. After working on a volunteer project for a few weeks, it’s not uncommon for volunteers to exchange phone numbers or social media information. By giving just a few hours a week, lifetime friendships may be established.
Serving is not just important within the walls of the church but beyond the walls as well. There will be displays on the AFBC concourse Sunday January 24th and you will have an opportunity to speak first hand with representatives from faith-based organizations that are always looking for volunteers. Ask questions. Learn about ways that you can impact lives beyond the walls of our church.
Sharing information about volunteer opportunities will be representatives from: The Gideons, Habitat for Humanity, Love, Inc., Baptist Convention of New Mexico, The Rock at NoonDay, Ronald McDonald House, and CareNet.
Join us on Sunday, January 24th and explore these opportunities.
Then I heard the voice of the Lord saying, “Whom shall I send? And who will go for us?” And I said, “Here am I. Send me!” Isaiah 6:8