Serving Outside the Box

Alice Bones

We all know that once we become Christians we are called to serve. But maybe you are having trouble finding the time, or you haven’t found the right niche or place. Perhaps you just feel too inadequate to serve. Well, maybe it’s time to ask God to show you how to serve “outside the box.”

“Now there are different gifts, but the same Spirit. There are different ministries, but the same Lord. And there are different activities, but the same God produces each gift in each person”1 Corinthians 12:4-6 (CSB).

• Here are just a few service opportunities that you may not have thought about:

• The weaving ministry recently highlighted.

• The sewing group that has made everything from quilts to totes to eyeglass holders, and the ladies that knit/crochet hats, all for those in need.

• Our Homebound Ministry that visits in homes, assisted living and nursing homes. My husband is a recipient of this ministry and I personally know how important it is.

• The group of ladies who minister to strippers by bringing them a home cooked meal and telling them about a God who loves them no matter what they’ve done.

• The volunteers that regularly pick up donations and deliver them to both Centers (the Ministry Center and Jenks CarePoint).

• The DIYers that use their skills for needed projects at the Centers, as well as those who make sets for church productions.

• The substitutes that are willing to fill in at the Centers; or be an extra set of hands when needed with preschoolers or with children.

These, of course, are just some ideas. There are so many ways to serve. God gives us all gifts, and we should use them for His Glory. One of the most important gifts given to all followers, is our freedom to have a direct relationship with our Lord. That being said, personal intercessory prayer may be the most effective service of all and all of us should be participating.

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