Serving Each Other Well!

One of my favorite passages is found in Philippians 2.  It's a great reminder of how we are to treat one another.  It's a reminder of the bar of how Christ followers are called to treat each other.    Here it is:

Then make me truly happy by agreeing wholeheartedly with each other, loving one another, and working together with one mind and purpose. Don’t be selfish; don’t try to impress others. Be humble, thinking of others as better than yourselves. Don’t look out only for your own interests, but take an interest in others, too.
— Philippians 2:2-4

I was thinking about this in how we serve together.  We have some really committed people serving at Turning Point each week.  We also have new faces jumping on board to serve.  So, how do we live that verse out?  How do we serve each other well? 

Here's a couple of very practical ways we've learned to do that.    

1.  Give each other the benefit of the doubt!  It's too easy as people to rush to judgment.  How about instead we do the opposite?  Let's put ourselves out there and trust.  Let's assume the best of one another.  Let's be graceful realizing that that maybe our walk and some else's walk with Jesus are not in the same place.   That's ok!  How cool could it be if we lived with that perspective and helped those I'm serving alongside to take a next step with Jesus. 

2.  Communicate always.  Let's never assume someone else knows, understands, will show up or knows what you know.  Practically speaking that means you call when you can't make it to serve.  You let the team you serve with know well in advance that you are traveling for the holidays to Mongolia (seeing if you are paying attention).   It means that I always take the initiative to text, to call, to read email and stay engaged.  How about if we ever disagree, we commit to doing it face to face, with grace and with love? I've heard too many stories over the years of people not showing up to serve or just walking away from the church with no communication.  It's always hurtful when that happens.  Let's purpose to always communicate and never go down that path as a church.   

3.  Tell and Show.  As we grow, we have to grow our teams.  All of us not only serve but have to think of ways to show others how to serve.  So, no matter where you serve at TPC have the mentality that you need to show someone else to do what you do.  Show them how to check in kids. Show them how to greet at the door.  Show them how the AVL works.  Show them how to put up a screen.  Show them where the slide goes in the preschool room.  If we do that, our teams will grow and so will each of us.

4.  Love our TPC Kids.   The kids that are here each week are sacrificing as much as their parents.  So, let's plan on loving those kids like any other person on our team.  Let's speak with kindness.  Get to know them.  Value them.  Ask them to help rather than tell them.  We want our kids to fall in love with Jesus and with the church.   A lot of that happens when the people around them love them and respect them not as the future church, but as a part of the church right now. 

I'm so glad that our church gets it.  I'm so glad that many of you are already living this.  Let's continue to love Christ and love each other this way.  When we do, God is going to do some incredible things in the church and in this community. 


Steve GillComment