How do you define greatness? The world defines greatness by popularity, possessions, and position. In other words, if you ever get to the point where you demand service from others, then you’ve officially arrived. Turn on the tv or the radio. Look around you at work and at school. There’s no denying that we live in a “me first” society. In this self-centered culture, being a servant is not only unpopular but it’s a concept that’s seemingly non-existent, even among Christians.
Jesus was the ultimate servant and is the greatest example of what it truly means to be a servant. He measured greatness in terms of service, not status. He determines our greatness by how many people we serve, not the other way around. One of the favorite arguments among Jesus’ disciples was who was the greatest, and not much has changed 2,000 years later as we still struggle with power and status. Our goal as Christians is to become more and more like Jesus every day and we do that the best when we serve others just as He did.
Take a few minutes and read Matthew 25:35-40. The Bible is very clear what we are to do as Christians and that is serving others. Serving others doesn’t have to mean going on a mission trip to a 3rd world county to share the gospel. We all can do something that makes a difference here in our own community. In fact, Scripture (Acts 1:8) is clear that we are to take care of our own community (our Jerusalem) before going to other countries (all the world). Service always takes sacrifice, whether it time or money, or even both, but we are called to make a difference in our world.
The Bible also says in Luke 12:48 that to who much is given, much will be required. Did you know that the poorest 5% of Americans are richer than 68% of the entire world?! Some of us have forgotten just how blessed we truly are. What if God’s people would take to heart Luke 12:48 and began to be intentional about helping and serving those around us? How different would our community be if the church would determine not to have this culture’s mindset of building our own kingdom but focus on building the Kingdom of God?
This summer (July 9-16) we have a wonderful opportunity to serve our community together. We have named this week IMPACT week as it’s our prayer to truly impact our community with the love of Jesus. IMPACT week isn’t just for those that attend Ridgeview but for anyone who wants to take part in serving our community. We are partnering with several different schools and businesses in the community that week and we need your help. Here is a list of the things going on during the week of IMPACT:
- Helping Lyons Park Baptist Church with VBS
- Backyard Bible Club at Kingsport West Apartments
- Cleaning/Painting at a few elementary schools in Hawkins County
- Construction/Renovation Projects in the community
- The Lunch Box Program (Church Hill and Rogersville)
- Church Hill Food Pantry
- Community Clothes Closet in Church Hill
- Free Autism Training and Workshop for Community
- MARSH blood drive (July 12 at 4:00-8:00)
- Providing Meals for the Homeless in Kingsport (July 9th)
- Community Movie Night at AS Derrick Park in Church Hill (July 13 at 9:00 pm)
– Free Popcorn and Drinks
- Children’s Water Fun Day at Ridgeview Baptist Church (July 15 from 10am-12pm)
– Water balloons, slip and slides, and even a fire truck!
- Community Cook-out and Celebration (July 14 from 6-9pm)
– Inflatables and all kinds of fun and games for children
– Free Hot dog meal and other concession items