Growth comes from action, participation, service. And that is exactly what we see happening with Ezra, our example for this series.
Ezra 7:10…“Ezra determined to study and obey the Law of the Lord and to teach those decrees and regulations to the people.”
If we want to have a spiritual growth spurt or pursue a sustained pattern of growth in godliness in our lives, we are going to have to focus on the same habits as Ezra:
- Be determined to read the Bible
- Be determined to obey what it says
- And 3rdly, be determined to serve others with the gifts, abilities and resources that God gives us.
A non-serving Christian will always be a stunted Christian. You simply cannot be all God wants you to be without it.
Why Christianity and serving go together:
1. Serving is virtually synonymous with Christianity, it is part of Christianity’s DNA.
2. Jesus was a servant.
- Matthew 20:28, “For even the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve…”
- Philippians 2:3-7, “Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit, but in humility consider others better than yourselves. Each of you should look not only to your own interests, but also to the interests of others. Your attitude should be the same as that of Christ Jesus: Who, being in very nature God, did not consider equality with God something to be clung to, but made himself nothing, taking the very nature of a servant…”
This is where real spiritual growth takes place…
- When we don’t just serve, we are a servant…it is our nature. It is what we do.
- When we don’t just volunteer, we live a self-less life.
- When we crucify our pride and cloth ourselves in humility.
The July Challenge to have a spiritual growth spurt: Invest yourself in humble service to others!
- Practice the lifestyle of being a servant to others.
- For those wanting to jump into something more ‘formal or organized’ but don’t know where or how…
- Perhaps you would sign up to help with Back2School and wash kid’s feet and put on a new pair of shoes on their feet.
- Randy Judd, our facilities director: Looking for help with a landscaping project, some windows need to be washed and he could use some help mowing.
- Check out “Serving Opportunities” online at www.riveroaks.org.
- Start something! Use the gifts and skills you have to serve.
We know this is vacation season, fair week, and the list goes on. Summer is quickly flying by. If you missed Sunday’s message, please take some time this week to listen to it on Pastor Tim’s blog at www.timrowland.com.
Current online registrations for upcoming events, connections, or opportunities to take the next step in your spiritual growth at www.riveroaks.org :
- ROCC Out Events- Aug. 17
- Back 2 School serving opportunities
- Lighthouse Shopping Trip for Ladies
- ROCC Fantasy Football
- AMP Serving Opportunities
If there are ways we could help to serve you in the days ahead, please let us know.
Looking for opportunities to serve together in the days ahead!