I’m always blessed when good waiters and waitresses at a restaurant serve me. It’s easy to tell the good from the bad by how well they serve without being asked. There is something about the waitress who is attentive to the table’s needs: filling the water, keeping the kids’ napkin supply coming, topping of the coffee mugs, and generally being available to serve you well. They are near, always observing, and ready to act at a moment’s notice.
“Jesus said to them, ‘My food is to do the will of Him who sent Me, and to finish His work. Do you not say, ‘There are still four months and then comes the harvest’? Behold, I say to you, lift up your eyes and look at the fields, for they are already white for harvest! And he who reaps receives wages, and gathers fruit for eternal life, that both he who sows and he who reaps may rejoice together.'” John 4:34-36 (NKJV)
Serving as a Jesus Follower is very similar. You will be very effective if you attentively open your eyes. One of the best practical things you can do to improve your service is to be very observant-expectantly ready to take care of things that need to be done-without waiting to be asked. As you open your eyes and look around, you’ll see all sorts of things that need to be done both in the church as well as in the neighborhood. Does the trash need to be emptied? Are there weeds to be pulled? Is there trash in the parking lot? Is there distress on someone’s face, joy on another’s? Is that a brand new family and do they need some help? These observations are all promptings for things to be taken care of.
Put yourself in the place of every kind of person whom God places in your path today and prayerfully ask God to show you what needs to be done. Don’t wait to be told to do something, but instead, be on the look-out. Seek ways to serve and then do them.
At St. John’s, Wash Park, we refer to the 1 percent guide. I may not be able to make this situation 100 percent or 50 percent better—but usually I can make a 1 percent difference!