We live in a world of information overload. We have everything we could ever want to know, right at our fingertips. I am constantly googling tidbits of random things throughout my day. I love being able to satisfy my curiosity. But this miscellaneous knowledge never goes beyond impressing my friends and family. Knowledge is useless if it isn’t accompanied with action.
The same is true in our Christian walks. Don’t get me wrong. There is nothing we can do that will earn our way into heaven. Ephesians 2:8-9 makes it very clear: “For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, not a result of works, so that no one may boast.” But out of grace and that free gift, action should follow. Jesus tells the eleven in the upper room in John 13:35: “By this all people will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another.” If we are not acting on the knowledge and grace we have been given, how can the world tell us apart?
There are so many different ways that we can show Christ to the world. Here are eight simple service opportunities that you can show the love of Christ in your community.
Opportunities for action:
- Volunteer in a local hospital.
- Volunteer in a local library or school.
- Volunteer in a nursing home.
- Become a mentor to a younger kid.
- Donate books to your local library or school.
- Donate non-perishable food to a shelter or food pantry.
- Make/buy baby blankets and toys for a non-profit.
- Make “mercy” bags full of toiletries and nonperishable for homeless.
We are all unique and provide different gifts so don’t feel limited to this list. Earnestly pray and examine your gifts so that you may best serve the world around you. If you’re not sure where to start, try identifying a need in your church and look for ways to fill that need.
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