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What If Jesus Was a Ministry Volunteer?

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Churches are some of the largest volunteer organizations in the world. Without volunteers, ministry doesn’t get done.

Yet, every church and ministry often struggles with having both the number of volunteers they need as well as the level of commitment from the volunteers they have.

Imagine with me, what if every volunteer in your ministry was a ‘perfect volunteer’?

Well, we know that there’s no such thing as a perfect volunteer. That is, of course, unless Jesus Himself were to walk through the doors of your church to serve.

So…what if this week in your church, Jesus did, in fact, walk in to serve as a volunteer in your ministry? What would that look like?

Well, imagine with me for a moment…

1. He would have spent sufficient time with the Father prior to showing up for ministry to make sure His spirit was right, His motives were pure, and His #1 goal was to please the Father.

And he that hath sent me is with me: the Father hath not left me alone; for I do always those things that please him. (John 8:29)

2. He would be committed and dependable in His area of ministry. He would take His ministry as seriously as if He were going to give an answer to God for it.

The works which the Father hath given me to finish, the same works that I do, bear witness of me, that the Father hath sent me. (John 5:36)

3. He would be passionate, going above and beyond what was expected, reaching for what was exceptional and remarkable. He would be trusted to get a job done and to get it done right.  

I have glorified thee on earth: I have finished the work which thou gavest me to do. (John 17:4)

4. He would “own it.” He would show possession for whatever responsibilities were given to Him, and would seek to excel in the use of His talents and abilities to make that ministry better.

While I was with them in the world, I kept them in thy name: those that thou gavest me I have kept, and none of them is lost… (John 17:12)

5. He would take ministry as seriously as any other job. He would show up on time, every time, to be faithfully in His place.

He that is faithful in that which is least is faithful also in much. (Luke 16:10)

6. He would be invested. To Jesus, it wouldn’t be just about filling a time slot or appeasing a person until the next time. It would be about making a real, eternal difference by giving it all He’s got.  

And this is the Father’s will that hath sent me, that of all which he hath given me I should lose nothing, but should raise it up again at the last day. (John 6:39)

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Andrew is a husband, the father of four awesome kids, and a children's pastor at a thriving church. He is passionate about intentional parenting and helping other parents and leaders effectively reach the next generation. He blogs about kids and family at https://godlyparent.com/, and provides proven resources for VBS and children's ministry at KidzBlast.com.