There are many reasons to serve. But what are the reasons we serve at Summit Ridge? Over the next several posts I want to give you a theological understanding of why serving is important and why we as a church serve. Our entire mission statement of “Making Disciples who serve Christ by serving people” centers on serving. Therefore, let’s explore one Biblical reason why we serve. The first reason is because of the person-hood of Jesus Christ.
Jesus Christ is fully God
We believe Jesus Christ is fully God. He is our Lord and our Savior. This is perhaps the easiest for us to accept. And because Jesus Christ is fully God we know that Jesus Christ is concerned about our spiritual life. His death on the cross brings life to us spiritually. There is nothing you and I can do to earn this, it is God and His grace alone that makes this possible. That is why in many ways sharing the Gospel is more of a spiritual renewal than anything else. It is a restoration of our broken relationship with God through Jesus Christ. We know that our life with God involves things like prayer, spiritual gifts, and worship. We know these things are essential to our relationship with God, which is why churches place enormous emphasis on a person’s spiritual life, helping lead people to accept Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior. The Apostle Paul said it best, “Since, then, you have been raised with Christ, set your hearts on things above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God. Set your minds on things above, not on earthly things. For you died, and your life is now hidden with Christ in God. When Christ, who is your life, appears, then you also will appear with him in glory.” (Colossians 3:1-4)
Jesus Christ is fully Human
Jesus Christ called Himself the Son of Man. A term affirming His humanity. He was born to Mary and Joseph and grew up experiencing all there is to experience being a human being, including loss, grief, laughter, hunger, joy, and temptation. People could see Jesus and touch Him. And Jesus healed people, fed people, and blessed people. And in doing so, He impacted people in real and tangible ways. Jesus described His purpose in this way, “For even the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.” (Mark 10:45) Through Jesus’s humanity, we learn that our physical lives matter.
Embrace Jesus Christ
When it comes to serving we need to understand who Jesus Christ is, we need to accept the truth that He is both fully God and fully human. At Summit Ridge Community Church, we believe this. And this is why we serve. Because we know that when we care for physical needs, such as feeding the poor, caring for the sick, helping those in need, it has an impact on a person’s spiritual life. One cannot be separated from the other. Serving is one of the most important things a follower of Jesus Christ can do because it helps bring about the salvation of the whole person. No wonder James says, “What good is it, my brothers and sisters if someone claims to have faith but has no deeds? Can such faith save them? Suppose a brother or a sister is without clothes and daily food. If one of you says to them, “Go in peace; keep warm and well fed,” but does nothing about their physical needs, what good is it? In the same way, faith by itself, if it is not accompanied by action, is dead. (James 2:14-17)