Latha – There are two kinds of volunteers, those who need the time to make their applications look better and those who genuinely love helping out their cause. One is selfish and the other is selfless. Serving others became our economy when we couldn’t make things like we used to. Hotels, restaurant, entertainment, and such shows us that many of us make our money by serving. Lately volunteers are in demand. I’ve heard tell of various government bills that expect everybody to volunteer. (In which case, I wouldn’t call it volunteering if there is no choice, but I have yet to see if anything comes of it.)
Christians have a service economy of their own. One Roman leader expressed frustration that the Christians were undermining their efforts at charity by taking care of all the widows and orphans and not only their own! Let’s look at how some early Christians served:
1.) Barnabas sold a field and brought the money to the apostles. It was distributed as anyone had need. (Acts 4:32-37)
2.) Stephen, Philip, Procorus, Nicanor, Timon, Parmenas, and Nicolas distributed food to the Grecian and Hebraic Jewish widows every day. (Acts 6:1-7)
3.) Tabitha was always doing good and helping out the poor. (Acts 9:36-43)
4.) Corneilus gave generously to those in need and prayed regularly. (Acts 10:1 – 11:18)
I’m just saying that if we distribute our resources (as individuals and a collective), give out food daily, gave generously to those in need, prayed regularly, and were always known for doing good, we would advance the gospel greatly. (You know you could say alot if you begin your sentences with “I’m just saying …”, for example, “I’m just saying that the world would be a much nicer place if there was a whole lot more giving and a whole lot less taking.) Dare I say that we might frustrates other’s efforts at charity as we take care of all and not only our own? I dare! We would also make it difficult for people to find a reason to hate Christianity based on the actions of its followers.
This is what every Bible-believing Christian ought to be up to. Not because these acts of service will save us or get us a better standing in heaven, because they won’t. The early church understood that full well, yet they were always up to giving and helping. But because it is the way of heaven and this is our practice time. Besides, a whole lot of people need help of every minute of every day. Doing these things prove that our faith is alive and kicking. If anything, now is the time when we need our faith to be kicking.