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As we were exiting the department store, I watched one of my toddlers struggle to hold the door open for a stranger. When I explained to him that I would help him, he boldly told me, “Daddy, I’ve got it…” To be totally honest with you, I was amazed and curious as to why my son would struggle to open a door that was heavier than he is for someone that he didn’t know.

So I asked him. “Why did you open that door for her?” He replied, “because…” (He had that look that implied that my question was a dumb question…) When I further pressed him for a more detailed response, in his powerful childhood expressiveness, he responded, “Because that’s what we do!” I replied, “We who?” Without hesitation he answered, “God people, Daddy!”

Wow! A toddler has learned, picked up, and processed that ‘God people’ serve.

The truth is that we adults know that, but we don’t always live that out.

As I thought more about this idea of serving, there were a few critical questions that came to mind:

1) Why do we gather for worship and call it “service”?

2) Do you think people have confused being active in ministry and actually serving people?

3) Do people really know how to serve?

4) Are we able to serve without first being at the feet of Jesus?

5) Are we too busy to serve?

As I processed these questions and all of their potential answers, I immediately began to identify the starting points of how to move people from silent observers to engaged servants. Here are five starting points to serving:

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article courtesy of Christopher J Harris

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