The January/February 2016 issue of Making Christ Known is now available online. Please share it with your congregation members, leaders, staff, and visitors. This issue is the sixth in a series on the seven Faith Practices.
Find previous issues at nisynod.org/pubs/mck .
Christ-centered service is often transformational. It can change both the life of the one who serves as well as the person who is served.
Service is a living witness to our faith that provides opportunities for us to invite others to learn more about Jesus. Through service, we encourage those who are struggling to go on and restore hope in their lives. As baptized believers, we are called to live our lives as servants of God. “And what does the Lord require of you but to do justice, and to love kindness, and to
walk humbly with your God?” (Micah 6:8). Scriptures frequently remind us that as Christians we are to serve others, work for justice, and live in community with our neighbors, even those
whose race, class, culture, and religion are different from our own. This is the heart of social ministry.
Why is a life of service such a challenge? Why is it sometimes so difficult to respond to the call to serve? Just as in the parable of the great feast in Luke 14, the reasons are many: lack of
time, choice of priorities, the availability of seemingly limited resources to use in response to long-standing problems, hopelessness, apathy, and fatigue. But the good news is that not only has God called us to live lives of Christian service, God has provided the gifts that are needed.