This past week was National Volunteer Week across Australia (May 9th – 15th). The theme for this year was ‘Give Happy, Live Happy.’ Obviously, the organisers mean to suggest that when people volunteer they live happier and healthier lives.
Indeed, much research has been done regarding the benefits of volunteering, with the results showing that our wellbeing comes not from money or consumerism, but from having meaningful endeavours in our lives. Studies have even shown links between generosity and our immune system. Volunteering is not just good for our physical health, but for our psychological and emotional health too.
Engaging in generous and altruistic behaviour makes you want to be even more generous and altruistic. Volunteering creates for us a healthy and positive loop: the more you volunteer, the healthier you become, and the more you want to volunteer and serve others. And, of course, giving of ourselves to help and serve others is a foundational Biblical principle.
So, why serve? I can think of at least four reasons.
1. Your church and community needs you
2. You’ll build strong relationships
3. You’ll learn a lot and feel good about yourself
4. Volunteering gives you a sense of purpose
Romans 12:6-8 says, “We have different gifts, according to the grace given to each of us. If your gift is prophesying, then prophesy in accordance with your faith; if it is serving, then serve; if it is teaching, then teach; if it is to encourage, then give encouragement; if it is giving, then give generously; if it is to lead, do it diligently; if it is to show mercy, do it cheerfully.”
People matter to God and so they should matter to us. And we are called as Christ followers to serve each other because every life matters. Here at BPCC there are many opportunities to serve, so check out our website under the ‘Serve’ tab or visit our Connections Centre.
Thank you to all of you who serve week-in and week-out at BPCC, giving of your time, talents, and energy to see more people become growing disciples of Jesus Christ, for the glory of God.