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A New Year’s Model: Service Brings Meaning to Life
Church consists of people, not just four walls of plywood, sheet rock, taped and bedded with plaster and covered with brick or vinyl on the outside. People, yes brand new as well as “weather-tested” disciples, compose God’s kingdom. People who love and serve Jesus define the real architecture of the church. But how does one make the leap from being a single disciple to experiencing the community of church?
Well, the Holy Spirit prompts a focus upon others. Then, new meaning is birthed in the disciple’s heart. A passion grows to express faith, to participate in service, and to share the joy with others! That passion prompts 1) assembling small groups, 2) planting new churches, 3) praying, studying, and worshipping together (Acts 2), 4) equipping other believers to utilize their spiritual gifts (Eph 4), and 5) testifying to God’s grace in the home, school, and marketplace (Rev 12:11). The manifestation of these functions results in more meaning for Christ’s disciples.
Does this process work? Yes, we know because weekly reports circulate at the Indiana Conference headquarters of the Holy Spirit’s laser-like heart surgery performed on people becoming Jesus’ new disciples. However, even the above functions are not enough! First, building an abiding relationship with Jesus is foundational. A relationship with Jesus provides an anchor for the soul. Thus, in spite of all the chaos of these times, a disciple of Christ can find meaning to life (John 17:3). And really, what is today’s generation seeking? Meaning in this life!
Second, let me suggest service as Jesus’ best quality for discovering and keeping meaning in this life! Hint: Watch Jesus with His disciples in the Upper Room. He demonstrated servant-leadership. Service helps someone else. Practicing service means one is willing to dethrone self for the fulfillment of serving others. Service is the antonym of the “Me! Me! Me!” syndrome of postmodern’s jaded society.
Where do we find service demonstrated today? Here are just a few community organizations: Habitat for Humanity, Boys and Girls Clubs, Salvation Army, and Doctors Without Borders. How about Seventh-day Adventists and service? A couple of examples: 1) One could be the volunteer spirit of student missionaries placed all over the world. From those connections with other cultures Seventh-day Adventist university students put faith into practice. Spiritual leadership develops; 2) Even younger pre-teen and high school students partner with mentoring adults and Maranatha to construct churches and schools during spring break; 3) Maybe you plan to join the Pathways to Health ministry for those seeking medical help in the upcoming Los Angeles area https://www.pathwaytohealth.org (April 27-29), or possibly you could join student peers at Indiana Academy on Project 58 days! (Leonard insert photo and link for the Indiana Academy Project 58. http://www.iasda.org/ServiceandMission/Project58/tabid/94/Default.aspx )