Enter to Worship, Depart to Serve


“You…were called to be free. But do not use your freedom to indulge the flesh; rather, SERVE one another HUMBLY in LOVE.” (emphasis my own) – Galatians 5:13

The verse above is the signature I use for my e-mail messages.

Yesterday, my friend Apryl was told that she is always busy and that no one can be that busy. Her response was that she was frequently busy because she took her service (to her church, family and friends) responsibility as seriously as she took her job. She went on to say that hearing adults say they are bored bothers her because there is alway s something to be done in your home, in your church, in your community or for your family and friends. Apryl’s position is one we should all take. There is always some person, group of people or non – profit that would appreciate our service.

When I was growing up, a sister church we used to visit had these words on its marquee – “Enter to Worship, Depart to Serve.” When we leave church on Sunday, our work is just beginning. Once we hear God’s word from the pulpit, we should leave the sanctuary and become doers of His word. We are instructed to love God with all of our being (Matthew 22:37) AND to love others as we love ourselves (Matthew 22:39). That means we are to serve our fellow man. When we serve those around us with love, we show our love for God AND them. We demonstrate our complete love for God through the acts of kindness and service we render to others. We serve God by serving others.

We should take service seriously. We can serve anyone at anytime in a variety of ways. And like my friend Apryl, we should serve others with sincerity, love and devotion. Serving with our whole being (especially our hearts) can be difficult at times. But, to serve whole heartedly and to do so without a desire for recognition or glory should be our goal as followers of Christ.



P.S. Don’t forget to be on the lookout for the GIVEAWAY!
P.P.S. Last night, I was reminded that I haven’t posted any recipes in a while. So, before the weekend is over, I will make it one of my goals to cook something that I haven’t shared yet.


2 thoughts on “Enter to Worship, Depart to Serve

  1. My sentiments exactly; we serve God by serving others. And, Yes; our work and proof of our love for God begins with those we worship with on Sunday and spills into the community. We are to always serve those in need. Thanks so much, Tara for reminding us of that fact. Much love!

  2. Thanks for sharing. I appreciate the exhortation via the story about your friend Apryl. “Enter to worship, depart to serve” succinctly addresses the state of mind we should all strive for each day of our lives. It is amazing to me how so many people want to do great things in the eyes of men, but not for God. Thanks for the reminder.

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