At Renew we’ve been going through some ministry values. Here’s the fourth:
“Youth serving alongside those they’re connected to is a profound way to help them care for this world. Service allows them to see people loving God in the midst of brokenness. This peaks their interest in who God is.”
Let’s look at the idea of how serving others might cause people to come to know God.
1 Peter 2 is talking to those in the church who are called to mature in their faith. Vs 9-12 says, “You are a chosen people…that you may declare the praises of him who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light. Once you were not a people, but now you are the people of God…Dear friends, I urge you, as foreigners and exiles, to…live such good lives among the pagans that…they may see your good deeds and glorify God.”
The Message translates this idea of glorifying God in vs 12 to say that people will be “won over to God’s side” when they see our good behavior. So what does “good behavior” mean?
There’s a lot of personal reflection required here to determine what that means exactly, but whatever it is, it will cause people to “glorify God.” In my experience, I’ve never seen people be “won over to God’s side” by seeing someone follow the rules. I HAVE seen people come to believe in God because they saw someone caring for those who are hurting, who are poor, who need help, etc.
Doesn’t this define our definition of serving others?
Our ministry value says (we believe that) serving others not only helps those who are broken, but will also help us realize who God is. Seeing people serve those in need somehow opens our eyes to see God.
This is what 1 Peter is saying I think. People will be “won over to God’s side” through something as simple as the act of service. We don’t need to complicate it.
What are some ways you have seen God? What are the significant events in your life that have revealed God to you?