Serve to Display
“We exist to create disciples who delight in, display, and declare the gospel of Jesus Christ.”
This is the second of a three part series, going in the reverse order of the Sovereign Grace Church mission statement.
Part 2 — Our declaring will be much more effective if we are properly displaying.
In part one, I discussed how, in order to make disciples who delight, display, and declare the gospel, we must declare the gospel. In part two, I will discuss how in order to make disciples who delight, display, and declare the gospel, we must display the gospel.
Declaring Christ will mean nothing if we are not displaying Christ-likeness. It would be hypocritical to teach people to be like Jesus, all the while not trying to imitate him ourselves. Serving is all well and good, but if our attitude is bad, what good is it? If we are teaching, or on the worship team, or on the hospitality team, but are cranky and uncooperative, our serving will be meaningless. Who cares if you are doing something nice if you aren’t being nice while doing it?
We have been transformed from one degree of glory to the next. That should be evident when we serve.
In Philippians 1:27, Paul gives the charge to “let your manner of life be worthy of the gospel.” Our manner of life must be worthy of the gospel if we expect the gospel to go forth. And a life that is worthy of the gospel is a life lived like Jesus’. We won’t be perfect, but we should set out to be Godly examples.
1 Thessalonians 1:6 “And you became imitators of us and of the Lord, for you received the word in much affliction, with the joy of the Holy Spirit, so that you became an example to all the believers in Macedonia and Achaia.”
This language is important when it comes to displaying. If we are imitating Christ well, if our manner of life is worthy of the gospel, people will notice. They notice how people they like and respect act and they want to be like those people. They will take notice, take interest, they will imitate.
Also, serving is not Christ-like unless it’s sacrificial. If it’s always easy to serve, then we probably aren’t serving well. I know from serving in SGK for many years that it can be very difficult sometimes. And that’s good! It is God testing our commitment and our love and our Christ-likeness. If we aren’t sacrificing our time or our comfort, if serving is always convenient, then why do it? Serving is about self-sacrifice. About dying to self. If we are not dying to ourselves when we serve, we won’t be displaying the gospel well and we certainly won’t declare the gospel.
If our hearts are in the right place, if our goal is to be like Christ and to show Christ, our serving will inherently be displaying the gospel. “Christ came, not to be served, but to serve.” A massive part of Christ-likeness is serving. Serving is displaying. Let us continue to display.
Thaxton Gamache lives in Minneapolis and has been a member at Sovereign Grace Church for 17 years. He works in Operations Support and writes on the side. He loves serving in Sovereign Grace Church and wouldn’t want to be anywhere else.
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