“Is there anyone here who can help with this project?”This is one of the most frustrating questions that a pastor can ask. People roll their eyes, pretend they are not listening or pretend that they are doing something more important. Normally, the answer to this call is very poor.
Some pastors, knowing that, decide to take the guilt trip, trying to twist the arms showing the need, and what will happen if nobody answers the call. On the other hand some pastors go with the high calling and fear, emphasizing that God is the one calling them, and if they do not respond, they will answer to God Himself.
Believe me, I have tried all of them and a few more. The conclusion is volunteers are very hard to find. Statistics prove that to us; just 20% of the members do the work in a regular church. Most of the people are there for the ride. They want to be served and not to serve.
Here is a definition of a volunteer: “Volunteer is a person who voluntarily offers himself or herself for a service or undertaking; a person who performs a service willingly and without pay.”The key words here are “offers himself/herself”, “willingly and without pay”. In other words, a volunteer is someone who sees the need and offers to help.
People have many excuses for not volunteering: they do not have time; they do not know how to do it; they are tired; they have more important things to do, etc. We always have a good excuse to offer when someone asks for help, or when we see a need.
The Bible makes clear that volunteering is a matter of heart. Here are two texts that help us to see that: “Ex. 25:2“Tell the Israelites to bring me an offering. You are to receive the offering for me from each man whose heartpromptshim to give. Ex. 35:21and everyone who was willingand whose heart moved him came and brought an offering to the LORD for the work on the Tent of Meeting, for all its service, and for the sacred garments.”When your heart is in the right place you will offer your help.
The other thing that we should know is that God is the One who gives us abilities to help, serve, and work. This is what James wrote: “James 1:16Don’t be deceived, my dear brothers. James 1:17Every good andperfect giftis from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows.”God gave you talents and gifts for you to help not only yourself, but also other people. He also gave you the ability to learn new things.
Finally, when you volunteer, do not do it to show off. Jesus said that the only reward that people who do that will receive is the praise of other people. This is what He said: “Matt. 6:3But when you give to the needy, do not let your left hand know what your right hand is doing, Matt. 6:4so that your giving may be in secret. Then your Father, who sees what is done in secret, will reward you.”There are two main reasons why we should volunteer: God wants us to serve and there is a real need.
So, my friends, look around in your church, neighborhood, and city, and find a place where you can offer your service. People will be helped, you will be blessed, and God will be pleased.
Have a blessed week,