“Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord…” Colossians 3:23
Go into any church, and you will find a backbone of volunteers. Whether its someone serving in the soup kitchen, mopping floors, running a camera or ushering, the church is built on service. Each person plays their part in the whole; just as one body is made out of many parts.
Romans 12:4-8 illustrates it well when Paul says,
“For just as each of us has one body with many members, and these members do not all have the same function, so in Christ we, though many, form one body, and each member belongs to all the others. We have different gifts, according to the grace given to each of us. If your gift is prophesying, then prophesy in accordance with your faith; if it is serving, then serve; if it is teaching, then teach; if it is to encourage, then give encouragement; if it is giving, then give generously; if it is to lead, do it diligently; if it is to show mercy, do it cheerfully.”
Paul is reminding his audience that everyone has a place and a role in the church. If everyone tried to be the head, the body would be incomplete. If everyone wanted to be the hands, who would speak? The church is built out of many different roles, each as important as the other. Though some get more visibility like preaching or leading worship, other roles are equally as important such as cleaning, media or kids ministry.
We ought to make sure that everything that we do is “an acceptable sacrifice, good and pleasing unto the Lord.” Volunteering is a ministry and worship to God. Roles change over time, but wherever you find yourself make sure you are serving God with all of your heart.