Remember service stations? The ones where someone would run out, pump your gas for you, clean your windshield, check your oil, and fill your tires up with air – all while you sat in your car?
If you’re younger, you don’t remember these because they haven’t been around for a long time, but that’s what a gas station used to be like. What I like most about them is what they were called: “service stations.”
What if the Church today adopted that same mentality? What if we saw our main responsibility as being a “service station,” where the world could be served?
The problem in church culture today is that we’ve traded our “service station” sign for a “serve myself” sign. We’ve become so interested in ourselves that we’ve forgotten why we exist.
Jesus was keenly aware of our propensity to serve ourselves instead of others, and so he said these words to his followers: “But among you it will be different. Whoever wants to be a leader among you must be your servant, and whoever wants to be first among you must be the servant of everyone else. For even the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve others and to give his life as a ransom for many.” (Mark 10:43-45)
Jesus came into our world to serve. He calls His Church to do the same thing.
If you go to a church, try thinking of it as a “service station.” Be ready to serve any and all who stop in.
If you don’t go to a church, consider it. We’re here for you. We want to serve you. It’s why we exist.
THE REV. JOHN KENNEY IS THE PASTOR OF THE QUEST CHURCH IN MARTINEZ.