Faithfulness: To Volunteer or Not to Volunteer

Today we'll discuss great reasons to volunteer and perhaps some red flags to be aware of.Today we’ll discuss great reasons to volunteer and perhaps some red flags to be aware of.

Let’s go into our potential commitments with both eyes open.

When we choose to volunteer it’s important to maintain

Integrity

Humility

Generosity

Consistency

 

Luke 6:38 (ESV)
Give, and it will be given to you. Good measure, pressed down, shaken together, running over, will be put into your lap. For with the measure you use it will be measured back to you.

 

We are always free to do whatever we want to do.  Just be clear this is in alignment with who you truly want to be and what you truly want to do in your life.

 

Good reasons to volunteer: Or, proceed with caution

1. You are needed AND it aligns with your purpose or calling

As believers, we are called to serve others, to share the gospel and the love of Jesus.

The question is “Where can you get involved, not IF you get involved.

 

  1. Build closer relationships with others

One of the best ways to get to know people deeply and quickly is to work on a project together.  This creates a natural point of mutual interest.

 

  1. Generosity

Have you ever been in the situation where it was way more fun to give a gift than it was to get one?
Serving others actually has a blessing for YOU!

Generosity helps us focus on the incredible abundance all around us.

 

BUT FIRST, Consider a couple things you need to know before you begin:

 

What do you hope to gain?

Praise? Power? Experience? The other person to change? Pride? Confidence?

 

How long are we committing for?

Indefinite time commitments don’t really serve anyone well.
Get clear on the expectations and communicate with others.

 

Reasons NOT to volunteer: Or, Proceed with caution.

SAFETY:

In order to cut corners financially, proper care and safety is not a priority to the organization

This can include child care, construction, old/ outdated methods and products that are dangerous.

 

BECAUSE IF YOU DON’T, THEN IT WILL FAIL

 Maybe it’s supposed to fail.

Because you stopped for two seconds and you are watching others squirm, and you feel guilty, so you go right back.
Because you stopped for two seconds and you don’t know what to do with yourself yet, so you go right back.

You keeping it limping along might be the biggest hindrance to the next beautiful, more effective thing coming

 

HOW ARE VOLUNTEERS TREATED?

Few repeat volunteers?

Volunteers well cared for?

Micromanagement?

Survival mode- do they overwhelm their help?

 

What one way can you uplevel your consistency in your service to others today?

 

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