Throughout the Bible you can find verse after verse about serving others. As Christians, sharing our time and the talents that God has blessed us with is something we are called to do.
Two of my favorite Bible verses about the spirit of volunteering speak to important principles of serving your fellow man: 1 Peter 4:10 and Acts 20:35.
Each of you should use whatever gift you have received to serve others, as faithful stewards of God’s grace in its various forms. 1 Peter 4:10 NIV
I like how this verse from Peter puts emphasis on using whatever gift God has given us to serve others. God isn’t asking us to do something we aren’t equipped to do; He simply wants us to use the talents He has given us.
I have a strong background in reading and writing, so I use these talents to assist one organization with rewriting their website and another helping with kids who are falling behind in reading. While I would love to build housing for the less fortunate, I am not good with power tools, so I have learned to concentrate my efforts in areas that I am skilled at.
That is the wonderful thing – God has blessed us all with different talents. And with so many organizations needing help, you are sure to find a group in your community that can put your talents to good use. If you like working with children, Big Brothers Big Sisters might be a good match. If you are good with a hammer, Habitat for Humanity might be the spot for you. The Internet has made it easier than ever to connect with organizations locally and nationally.
The important thing is to find a project that excites you and speaks to your passions. When you find that perfect match, you will be inspired to give your best to others.
And I have been a constant example of how you can help those in need by working hard. You should remember the words of the Lord Jesus: 'It is more blessed to give than to receive.' Acts 20:35 NLT
We are all familiar with this Scripture, especially the end - “It’s better to give than to receive.” I’m sure we all have experienced this feeling. It is always fun to select the perfect gift for a friend or loved one and to watch their reaction as they unwrap it.
It also works the same way with volunteering. This is definitely a case where the giving of your time and talent to a worthy cause is much better than being on the receiving end. You are giving a part of yourself every time you work with an organization. You leave part of yourself with the house you help build, with the kids you work with, with the patients you visit, and so on. You leave the best part of you!
I do have a confession to make. While it’s true that I’m not getting compensated monetarily for the work that I am doing, I feel like I’m getting compensated spiritually. The feeling you get when you volunteer is unlike many feelings. For me, it totally turns my day around. It doesn’t matter what has happened, if I got stuck in traffic, if the dogs made a mess in the house or whatever else is going on, once I get to the school and start reading with my second graders, all that goes away. And the good feelings last a long time – you totally get hooked and can’t wait for the next time you can serve others.
I encourage you to answer the call and find an organization in your community to help. It is easy to write a check, and please don’t get me wrong, cash donations are important to organizations – but when you give of yourself with your time and talents it is a totally different feeling. A feeling that I would love for everyone to experience.
This post was written by Family Christian's own Tammi Skellenger. She enjoys camping, football and spending time with her husband and two golden retrievers.