It never ceases to amaze me how much I love to be served. If you think about it, pretty much all of us do.
Imagine arriving at a dream vacation resort you’ve long saved for, assuming you’ll experience the best in everything … accommodations, attractions, cuisine … and stellar service. Exceptional, well-paid for, stellar service!
But your dream experience abruptly changes when you step into your luxury room and find the place in a sub-standard mess. You call the front desk, but amazingly you get attitude. Housekeeping eventually shows up, but it’s clear this person really doesn’t want to be there. There’s no apology and no real desire to make your experience what was advertised or paid for.
Service and hospitality that comes from the heart of a genuine servant is not all that common.
In Matthew 20:28, Jesus himself described and then personally lived out the heart of a genuine servant, all the way to the cross. He said “… the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve and to give his life as a ransom for many.”
Imagine if Christ himself showed up as your housekeeper on that dream vacation, and he really wanted to be there. He really wanted your experience to be restful, relaxing, refreshing … and He exceeded your expectations in every way. Keep in mind; this is the Creator of all things, coming to serve His creation. That would be amazing! But that’s his genuine heart for serving, the same heart he wants to develop in me and in you.
While I still really love to be served now and then, as a follower of Christ He’s genuinely changed my selfish heart about serving people. And he’s changed the hearts of many others, shaping communities of faith who really have an authentic heart to serve.
The community of Christ followers I serve has recently been moved to serve our Waconia region by developing a much needed ESL (English as a Second Language) program.
There are many in our area whose first language is not English, and when we launched our pilot effort last spring, we were immediately at and beyond capacity. This fall we’re very pleased to serve our Waconia community by offering an expanded capacity ESL program to meet this need and strengthen the English speaking skills of our residents. Transportation and loving child care is available free of charge, while a minimal cost for materials is required.
Our fall semester begins in early September, so if learning English is a way in which we could serve you, please contact us at ParkSide Church, 9560 Paradise Lane, Waconia, MN 55387.
For more information or to register, you can contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org or call our office at (952) 442-2113. We genuinely look forward to serving you!
By Randy Burg, the lead pastor of ParkSide Church in Waconia.