Getting Involved in Your Growth

Why do we encourage people to get involved and serve? How is that connected to the Presence of the Lord? We don’t want to be serving without the Lord. We also don’t want to serve anywhere except where the Lord is.

We want you to be involved inside as well as outside of the church. There are so many different ways to be involved. As you learn what God is teaching from the Word, and as the Word is spoken, take it out there and convert it into reality. When people see that, they are impacted.

The most important part of the message is when you and I leave the church’s doors. When the service is done, that will give us the opportunity to convert what we have heard into practice or into the meat of the Word. It’s not just knowledge; it becomes you and your identity transformed through practice. And that’s why the Lord says to be involved.

Here are three things that will be deposited into our souls for character qualities through involvement. We can gain these three character qualities by becoming involved.

  1. Wisdom

Wisdom will be gained through involvement. You can’t get far without wisdom. In fact, Solomon, in his prayer, asked God for an understanding heart, which we know as wisdom in order to serve.

“So give Your servant an understanding heart to judge Your people to discern between good and evil. For who is able to judge this great people of Yours?” (1 Kings 3:9).

Did you know that Solomon was the greatest king at the time, but he calls himself a “servant.”

Wisdom is basically seeing life through God’s perspective, through God’s eyes. When you see life or a problem through God’s vantage point and you catch it, then you will resolve it the way God would resolve it, you will speak the way God would speak, and you’ll treat people the way God would treat people. That’s called responding in wisdom, rather than a knee-jerk reaction or reacting in anger, frustration or being distraught or discouraged.

Can you understand the amount and level of wisdom that we will gain in an accelerated way, as we all get involved? It will begin to increase as we will begin to see things, life, people, situations and even problems from God’s perspective. That’s called wisdom. Wisdom is really one of the character qualities we gain. The second is:

  1. Courage

“‘Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous! Do not tremble or be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go’” (Josh. 1:9).

This is what the Lord was saying to Joshua:

“Joshua, you don’t have to have courage in yourself, but if you walk where I am walking, you’ll have great courage. In fact, I command you to have courage because I am there wherever you are. But it’s only in obedience as you walk with Me now. When you are in My presence, you’ll have great courage.”

That’s why it’s critical for us to encourage you to serve somewhere. Within the church or outside the church, begin to identify with the Lord. Don’t be afraid to; don’t let anybody steal your identity.

  1. Compassion

Jesus traveled the dusty streets of Jerusalem to involve Himself in people’s lives. There, He would reach out and touch a leper or pick up a baby. There, He would see something going wrong.

“Moved with compassion, Jesus stretched out His hand and touched him, and said to him, ‘I am willing; be cleansed’” (Mark 1:41).

When did the miracles take place in the New Testament? Often it would be prefaced by a phrase, “and being moved by compassion.”

We gain compassion through involvement. You see the needs, the pains, the hurts and the agonies and there is compassion because you’re involved. Jesus, being moved with compassion, touched the lepers. He walked the dusty streets of Jerusalem and He saw their plight.

The Lord wants us to develop compassion, the same compassion that He had. That will only happen when we are involved. It’s the only way we’ll get it. It won’t come in through a classroom and it won’t come through a seminar. It will only come through involvement.

Why does God want us to develop compassion? When Jesus was moved with compassion, miracles happened. It resulted in healing miracles. When we start to develop compassion for those that are hurting, compassion for those that are sick and compassion for others when we’re involved, the miraculous occurs.

God wants us to get involved and serve. That is where He is. We will see things from His perspective when we are serving and that’s called wisdom. When we’re walking with Him along the road, we realize that God has given us courage by His Presence. And God says, “I want you to develop compassion, and you’ll only get that by getting involved.” When we do, it’ll result in miracles happening.

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