For those of us in ministry world, we hear that statement too many times. “I’m just a volunteer.” That statement can mean a lot of things: This job isn’t that big of a deal…I don’t have any real authority…What does it matter?…I don’t want to do that.
But however deep you dig, the statement is still wrong. You’re never just a volunteer. You’re way more than that:
- You are a person that was individually created in the image of God. (Genesis 1:27)
- You are wired up for kingdom-building good works. (Ephesians 2:10)
- You are the “first face” many people will see on the weekend. (Colossians 4:5-6)
- You are the hands and feet of Jesus. (2 Corinthians 5:20)
- You are the living embodiment of the generosity of the gospel. (2 Corinthians 9:11-15)
- You are gifted for this day. This moment. This person. (Esther 4:14, Acts 10:30-33)
- You are the link between someone’s present condition without Christ and their future relationship with Christ. (Romans 10:14-17)
So before you soft sell your service as a volunteer, remember: you’re never “just” anything. You’re an ambassador for the kingdom. A part of the royal priesthood. A living, breathing, functioning part of the body of Christ.
(photo credit: Brett Seay)