PART 2 (click Urban Professionals for the first half of this article)
By Gregory Ngai
Our other day of service was at a summer camp. I found this form of service more challenging, as I am not the greatest with children. Our job was to play with them, showing them love and care. In a world that is lost, many children are neglected, or even abused. We hope to show them how they would have been loved if God were with us today as we are called by God to love one another (John 15:17). It was evident that everyone in the group had decided in their heart to give, which encouraged and challenged my heart to do the same. We served not only because the need is there, but also because we see God blessings in our lives and we what to share it with others.
1 Peter 4:10 “Each one should use whatever gift he has received to serve others, faithfully administering God’s grace in its various forms.”
To serve is not a gift; it is a calling from God. We are to serve using our gifts as part of being a follower a Christ. Jesus came to serve. He sacrificed and suffered spiritually, emotionally, and physically, showing His love for us. The need to serve is out there, right now. We don’t need to look far. Every room we walk into has someone with a need requiring our service. In the end, serving is loving people, as God has loved us.
If you are compelled by Jesus’ love and want to take action, I highly recommend the HOPE Singles Corps or other HOPE volunteer programs. I set out to serve, but came home with a filled heart. People at the donation distribution center and the Oklahoma City Church showed more gratitude than I felt I deserved. The Dallas church singles showed more love and encouragement than I’d ever hope to return. It was amazing to see disciples from so many different places with the same heart to serve God and His people. I was humbled to see God’s work and ability to use us to show the world His love. All we need is to be open for use by Him. The Singles Corps will be heading to Haiti this October, and there will more opportunities coming next year. I hope some of you will decide to join one of these volunteering projects!
Lastly, let me leave you with a Scripture that was fulfilled by God in ways I had never imagined possible in the five days I was with the Singles Corps.
“One man gives freely, yet gains even more; another withholds unduly, but comes to poverty. A generous man will prosper; he who refreshes others will himself be refreshed.” – Proverbs 11:24-25