“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
For most weekends, our retreat team prepares camp with the goal of creating a space for our guests to grow closer to the Lord as they enjoy His creation. However, a couple of weekends ago, the incoming group was a little different from the norm. We had the opportunity to host 40 college students from FBC College Station. They came with one purpose in mind: to serve camp. And boy, did we all have a blast together! They were true servants as they painted, pressure washed, split wood, weeded, and built two new trails. They helped us out by freshening up camp for our upcoming spring and summer season of serving guests and campers. Despite the cold and wet weather, they had great attitudes. And they were smiling, laughing, and joking as they worked to complete the tasks given to them. What a blessing!
I could not help but think of this verse:
“Whatever you do, do your work heartily, as for the Lord rather than for men, knowing that from the Lord you will receive the reward of the inheritance. It is the Lord Christ whom you serve.” – Colossians 3:23-24
Paul is telling us to work with all of our heart, doing so to the best of our ability, not cutting corners or complaining. We are to work in such a way that shows our love for God and for others, whether others see us or not. God will honor the sincerity of our hearts and our obedience to Him.
This group of college students definitely had plenty of things that could have occupied their time that weekend. Things such as mid-terms, projects, personal matters. However, they chose to set those things aside to come out to FC for the weekend in order to serve. What a great example of putting aside earthly things to serve the Lord!
When opportunities arise to serve our brothers and sisters in Christ, it’s almost always easier to not take the time to help them. You likely have plenty of things vying for your attention and time. But this week I challenge you to find an opportunity to serve someone else, whether it’s convenient or not. Keep your eyes open and see what type of encounters the Lord may have in store for you!