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Why Volunteer?

God has a lot to say about us giving to others in need. Let's explore some Scriptures from the Bible on this important topic:

Matthew 25:35-36
'For I was hungry, and you gave Me something to eat; I was thirsty, and you gave Me drink; I was a stranger, and you invited Me in; [36] naked, and you clothed Me; I was sick, and you visited Me; I was in prison, and you came to Me.'

Matthew 25:40-43
"… 'Truly I say to you, to the extent that you did it to one of these brothers of Mine, even the least of them, you did it to Me.' [41] "Then He will also say to those on His left, 'Depart from Me, accursed ones, into the eternal fire which has been prepared for the devil and his angels; [42] for I was hungry, and you gave Me nothing to eat; I was thirsty, and you gave Me nothing to drink; [43] I was a stranger, and you did not invite Me in; naked, and you did not clothe Me; sick, and in prison, and you did not visit Me.'

Jesus had some strong words about not helping those who are in need. If the Lord puts it on your heart to visit someone in need, He is not going to accept the excuse of “I did not have time to visit them”.

1 Timothy 6:17-19
As for the rich in this present age, charge them not to be haughty, nor to set their hopes on the uncertainty of riches, but on God, who richly provides us with everything to enjoy. They are to do good, to be rich in good works, to be generous and ready to share, thus storing up treasure for themselves as a good foundation for the future, so that they may take hold of that which is truly life.

Work So You May Give

Matthew 10:42
And whoever gives one of these little ones even a cup of cold water because he is a disciple, truly, I say to you, he will by no means lose his reward.”

Acts 20:35
In all things I have shown you that by working hard in this way we must help the weak and remember the words of the Lord Jesus, how he himself said, ‘It is more blessed to give than to receive.’”

2 Corinthians 9:13
By their approval of this service, they will glorify God because of your submission flowing from your confession of the gospel of Christ, and the generosity of your contribution for them and for all others,

2 Corinthians 9:7
Each one must give as he has decided in his heart, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver.

Be a Blessing and Be Blessed

Deuteronomy 8:18
You shall remember the LORD your God, for it is he who gives you power to get wealth, that he may confirm his covenant that he swore to your fathers, as it is this day.

Proverbs 19:17
Whoever is generous to the poor lends to the LORD, and he will repay him for his deed.

Luke 19:8
And Zacchaeus stood and said to the Lord, “Behold, Lord, the half of my goods I give to the poor. And if I have defrauded anyone of anything, I restore it fourfold.”

1 Peter 4:10
As each one has received a special gift, employ it in serving one another, as good stewards of the manifold grace of God.

Each of us has been given different gifts (abilities) and we are to use them for others. If we are too busy, we are not good stewards of the gifts/talents he has given us.

Romans 12:10-13
Be devoted to one another in brotherly love; give preference to one another in honor; [11] not lagging behind in diligence, fervent in spirit, serving the Lord; [12] rejoicing in hope, persevering in tribulation, devoted to prayer, [13] contributing to the needs of the saints, practicing hospitality.

If we are too busy to pray, to help others, to open our hearts and homes, to be fervent for the Lord, then we are TOO BUSY.

2 Timothy 2:4
No soldier in active service entangles himself in the affairs of everyday life, so that he may please the one who enlisted him as a soldier.

What has control of our time? Does God, or the things of this world?

Revelation 2:19
‘I know your deeds, and your love and faith and service and perseverance, and that your deeds of late are greater than at first.’

For many Christians their service and deeds have become less than when they first became Christians. That is not the will of God.

Acts 20:35
"In everything I showed you that by working hard in this manner you must help the weak and remember the words of the Lord Jesus, that He Himself said, 'It is more blessed to give than to receive.'

Many Christians go to church each week to get, get, and get; and they never give.

Ephesians 4:11-12
And He gave some as apostles, and some as prophets, and some as evangelists, and some as pastors and teachers, [12] for the equipping of the saints for the work of service, to the building up of the body of Christ;

Why are we equipped? For the work of service. This applies to every Christian.

1 Corinthians 6:19-20
"Or do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit who is in you, whom you have from God, and that you are not your own? For you have been bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body."

This verse makes it clear that we were bought with a price. Our body, time, money, possessions, and everything belongs to God, none of it is ours.

Acts 20:35
"It is more blessed to give than to receive."

Giving sets us free, while hoarding entraps us (James 5:2). Giving changes the lives of others (John 3:16). Giving brings blessing back to us (Luke 6:38). Giving allows us to store up treasures in Heaven rather than here on the earth (Matthew 19:21).

"Every beast of the forest is Mine, the cattle on a thousand hills. ... everything that moves in the field is Mine. ... the world is Mine, and all it contains." (Psalm 50:10-12)

God is the owner of all that He has created. It is in His nature to be a Giver!

"The silver is Mine, and the gold is Mine; declares the Lord of hosts." (Haggai 2:8)

"Every good thing bestowed and every perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of lights ..." (James 1:17)

Your community needs you. If you decide to share your time and talent, you could become an asset to a senior citizen center, a big brother or sister to younger kids than you, single moms, widows, orphans, low income families, homeless shelters, food pantries, soup kitchens, and the list goes on and on. Even in your church there are needs. There's so much we can do, because we all have needs. So take a look around you, check out the needs in your community, and start to ask God to use you to help meet as many as you can.

Thank God for your all you have, and watch how your own dreams and aspirations can come true. If you start thinking about others more and more, you will recognize how much others need you. Just a bit of time per week will change your life and others for the best.

See to it that you seek the purpose God has set forth for your life and start now. Give not just your money, but volunteer by giving your time, your special talents, and help somebody, and notice just how much it helps you.