When Thomas Jefferson was president, he and some friends were traveling across the country on horseback. They came to a river, flooded by the recent rains. The fast moving water had taken out the bridge and now each rider was forced to ford across the river on horseback. All the riders fought for their lives across the strong currents. Nearby, a traveler apart from their group watched as a couple of the riders made it across the river. The traveler must not have felt he could walk across with his horse, because he turned to President Jefferson and asked if he would ferry him across the river. The President jumped right to the task and led the stranger across. Once safely on dry ground, one of the members of Jefferson’s group asked the stranger, “Why did you select the president to ask this favor of?” The man was shocked and admitted he didn’t know the president was the one who helped him. But then the man said, “All I know is that on some of your faces was written the answer ‘No,” and on some of them was the answer ‘Yes.’ His was a ‘Yes’ face” (C. Swindol, The Grace Awakening, Word, 1990, p. 6).
More than ever, the church needs people with “Yes faces.” These are people who are looking for ways to serve. These are people who jump at the opportunity to help. These are people who are characterized by a desire to serve and help others. Interestingly, this characteristic is a choice, not just a personality trait. This can be you if you choose so!
Our congregation’s theme this year is “Thinking Souls Through Service.” If there is to be any success through service in our congregation, or any congregating for that matter, there must be people who are willing and eager to serve. People who have “Yes Faces.”
- Saying “Yes” to Sacrifice through money, time, energy, food, housing, transportation, etc.
- Saying “Yes” to Encouragement through words, letters, emails, actions, etc.
- Saying “Yes” to Relationships with members, friends, family, strangers, non-Christians, etc.
- Saying “Yes” to Visitation to shut-ins, the elderly, those in the hospital, non-Christians, etc.
- Saying “Yes” to Involvement in workdays, door knocking, service projects, congregational activities, etc.
- Saying “Yes” to Commitment to the church, to work, to service, etc.
- Saying “Yes” to Evangelism.
There is a plethora of ways to get involved in service. There is no excuse for one not to get involved in service to the Lord. How will you get involved? What will you do to serve the Lord? I hope and pray that when an opportunity comes for you to serve, you will eagerly respond with “Yes!”