what it means to serve

What it Means to Serve

Embrace Your Gifts and Talents 

 

At Candlewood Church, we strive to love God and others, build strong families, provide a place where people can reach their full potential, and genuinely care for the needs of our communities. 

 

Our purpose is to be difference makers. To be a difference maker, it’s important to know your spiritual gifts, unique abilities, and talents. Do you ever think how amazing it is that God gave unique gifts and talents to each of us? 

 

Yes, it’s truly incredible! God has given gifts and talents specifically to you. 

 

Encourage Each Other 

 

In our relationships, whether that be parent-child, husband-wife, siblings, roommates, or friends, it is wise for us to look for each other’s God given skills, and help support and grow those interests. 

 

It’s beneficial to 

  • recognize God given unique gifts and talents
  • pray about ways to use your gifts and talents for the Lord
  • encourage each other
  • give sincere praise

 

What are the special talents that God has given to you? to your spouse? your child? your brother or sister? Be mindful and do not waste your gifts that are inside you. Make an effort to work together to bring out the best in each other. 

 

Encourage your loved ones to use their gifts for the Lord. 

 

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Serve Each Other

 

In your relationships with one another, have the same mindset as Christ Jesus: Who, being in very nature God, did not consider equality with God something to be used to his own advantage; rather, he made himself nothing by taking the very nature of a servant, being made in human likeness… he humbled himself by becoming obedient to death. 

Philippians 2:5-8 NIV 

 

Jesus Christ has an equal status with God, yet he became human. He lived a selfless, obedient life, sacrificing himself on the cross to save us. Christ led by example, selfless and sacrificing. We are truly thankful for the Lord’s sacrifices, and his love should inspire us to love in the same way. 

 

Think about those closest to you. Do you serve them another gladly, giving up your wants because you are considering their needs? If you are struggling in this area, ask God to help you follow his loving and selfless example. 

 

Serve Together

 

One of the best activities that you can do with a loved one is to serve together. God calls each of us to serve others. Meeting the needs of “the least of these” is one way to have a Christ centered relationship. 

 

Try making a list of ways you can serve as a team. When crafting ideas, remember to consider both of your gifts, and brainstorm how you can be the hands and feet of Jesus together. God will open your eyes to ways you can help others, then serve in that area. 

 

omaha church serving teams

Serve Gladly 

 

In all the work you are doing, work the best you can. Work as if you were doing it for the Lord, not for people. 

Colossians 3:23 NCV

 

It’s easy to become weary and not do your best. You have a responsibility to do your very best all the time. A good work ethic can make a huge difference. Your attitude makes the biggest difference, especially if you remember that you are serving the Lord. If God is pleased with your efforts, more than likely the people you are serving will be as well. 

 

If you have children, their little eyes are watching, and it’s extremely important to set a good, godly example for them while serving to foster a servant’s heart in them. 

 

When times are tough, and you don’t feel like serving others, God can help you do your best, to fulfill the responsibilities that you have, and to do so joyfully.

 

serving the church

Connect with Candlewood Church Omaha

 

Whether you are serving at home, your spouse, your child, friend, neighbor, school, church, you can be the hands and feet of Jesus Christ. If you have questions on how to serve someone who is difficult to love, ways to be involved in our church serving teams, or any additional questions about serving, please connect with Candlewood Church here

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