Perhaps you’ve seen them in your travels: those signs near the entrance to the auditorium of so many churches that say “Enter to Worship – Depart to Serve.”
A good sentiment – but does it limit the way we view both worship and service? Can worship only take place in our pews? Can service only happen outside our churches?
Don’t we serve God and others when we sing with all our hearts a song that doesn’t particularly speak to us, but inspires others around us? Isn’t God praised when we offer our service to others in the name of His Son?
“If anyone serves, he should do it with the strength God provides, so that in all things God may be praised through Jesus Christ. To him be the glory and the power for ever and ever. Amen.” – I Peter 4:11b