Part of the DNA of Cornerstone Fellowship is a quarterly event called iServe. During this Sunday morning we cancel our regularly scheduled activities and partner with New Birth Fellowship and other groups to impact our community for the Kingdom of God. Why do we do this? Why give away a Sunday when we could be preaching the Gospel to rake leaves and fix houses?
The simple answer is because Jesus tells us to. In Matthew 25 we have a picture of the Judgement seat of Christ and the truly terrifying prospect of standing before a perfect and holy God with nothing but the evidence of our lives before us. In the depiction Jesus gives us all of humanity is divided on his right and left. To those on his right he will offer commendation because of their lifestyles. To these people he will open the doors to his kingdom and welcome them in because “I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me drink, I was a stranger and you welcomed me, I was naked and you clothed me, I was sick and you visited me, I was in prison and you came to me.” The natural response of these people will be “When?” Jesus’ answer is the truly telling part. “As you did it to one of the least of these my brothers, you did it to me.” Those on his left will not fare so well. Why? Because they didn’t do anything for the “least of these.”
So what does this mean? Are we justified before a holy God because of the things we do. Certainly not. We are not saved by our works, but for them. In Ephesians 2:8-10, Paul tells the church in Ephesus that we have been saved by grace. It is God’s grace because of the sacrifice of Jesus that saves us. But we have been set apart for good works. We haven’t been saved by our works, but instead for them. So a Christian’s life will be characterized by good works not because we are trying to earn God’s favor, but because we have already received it. Our works prove that we have been saved. They show the world how amazing and loving God is.
In Ephesians 4:1, Paul urges the church in Ephesus to “walk in a manner worthy of the calling to which you have been called.” Notice he doesn’t say “walk in a manner worthy to earn the call” but “to which you have been called.” The calling precedes the walking. Again, this simply tells us that we don’t do anything to earn God’s grace. It is given freely.
So we live out lives of service because God has saved us. We do good deeds because God has saved us. We tell people about Jesus because God saved us. Why iServe? Our goal is not to establish a quarterly event that will last for years to come. It is also not to guilt you or others into service. Our goal is that we might establish a lifestyle of service among each of our members. Our attempt is to provide opportunities for service that will then create a desire and an ability to spot areas of need individually. We want you to love to live the way God has called us to live. We want you to raise your family to serve others. We want the body of Christ to be the body of Christ, that all may come to salvation.
That’s why iServe. Why do you serve?