Most people, at some point in their lives will be a volunteer or serve others in some way or another – looking after
a relative or keeping an eye on an elderly neighbour. It is a part of human nature to think of others, to reach out and to give of oneself. That is why we can be so shocked and disappointed when we find people who are completely self
absorbed and self centred. These inward looking folk miss out on the rewards that come with serving others – the satisfaction of seeing a job well done, the great feeling when someone takes the time to say “Thank you” and just seeing how even the smallest kindness can really make a difference in someone’s life.
In our worship theme Learning from Jesus, we have been looking at how Jesus lived his life and how that can help us. Sometimes, Jesus was intentional about what he did and where he went. Often though, he just seemed to come across people in the street, as he was going about his own business and started a conversation with them, which often led to healing. Jesus took the time to help those he came across, sometimes just by giving them a chance to express their faith.
Many folk at MCC Newcastle already give of their time and energy in the church through our various ministries and activities. Often, they also volunteer elsewhere as well. However, living like Jesus can be as simple as just saying “Hello” to someone on the street, or listening to someone in a supermarket queue who is lonely and just needs to talk.
May you find a chance this week to give a little time to someone else and help build a little bit of heaven on earth.