We’re on the last post of this series. All previous excuses for not volunteering were real. I’ve protected the names of the guilty, listened to their words in disbelief and offered replies as therapy for myself. After all, that’s kind of what blogs are all about. Here’s the final countdown – heard of any of them?
#7 “God hasn’t called me to serve”
Really? Here’s another top 10:
#8 “I’ve served for years … let the young people step up”
Yep, let ‘em step up. But here are a couple of things for your consideration: there’s no age limit on service and no such thing as too much service. As long as you’ve got breath, you’re called to advance the Kingdom. There might be physical limitations that restrict us, but there’s never a shortage of ministry opportunities during the “golden years.” The joy factor in giving of your time doesn’t have to extinguish at 65, 70 or 90. In fact, the fruits of your experiences can mentor to the generations to come if you let them.
Our role as servants to the King doesn’t have an expiration date, save for the day of Christ’s return. You wouldn’t consider decades of loving and forgiving one another as an excuse to stop– why would serving others be any different?
#9 “All the church wants is my time and money”
Not true. Many churches want you to come on Easter and Christmas, too. Sorry, I just stepped back into sarcasm. My guess is that if you’re not serving, it’s highly probable that you may not be tuned in to the heart and vision of your church. Real growth happens outside of that one-hour Sunday thing. It happens in the disciplines of a Christ Follower that include – but aren’t limited to – the time and money things. Growth happens as we build relationships, relationships often found while serving on a team. Growth happens when we’re seeking to help others without expectations or self-gratification. Growth happens when we realize we’re the ones growing from a selfless act of serving or giving.
#10 “No one has asked”
Sure, it’s great when we’re invited to stand arm and arm to make a difference with someone we know. It’s encouraging when others see our giftedness and tap us on the shoulder to join them on mission. That’s the best approach but, still, the invitation is all around us. It’s in the realization that consumer Christianity doesn’t have a part in changing our churches or our communities. Here’s the reality: If we, as Followers of Christ, utilize excuses to stop serving, not only are we causing a disservice to others but also stunting our own spiritual growth.