How to Reach Beyond the Shore

Discovering your purpose is critical. Understanding why you are here puts everything in your life in focus. Yes, there is a unique purpose for you as an individual. But we all have a general purpose in common, and that is to serve God by serving others.

Jesus paved the way, and said of himself:

For even the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many. Mark 10:45

Over and over the Bible speaks to this purpose:

Serve wholeheartedly, as if you were serving the Lord, not people Ephesians 6:7

You, my brothers and sisters, were called to be free. But do not use your freedom to indulge the flesh; rather, serve one another humbly in love. Galatians 5:13

Our goal this week is to reach beyond the shore and serve our community. It doesn’t always come naturally to lay down your life and serve, so today we want to talk about how to become more servant-hearted.

Be Available – If you want to be used by God, you have to be willing to stop. As Jesus walked the earth, he consistently allowed interruptions. He stopped. He paused. He was available. We want to follow in the footsteps of Jesus, but that also means following in his stops.

Follow Gratitude – Serving becomes super easy when you recognize that everything you have is more than you deserve. The greatest gifts in life are gifts of God’s grace. When your heart is filled with gratitude, you are naturally, passionately and spontaneously motivated to serve.

Cultivate Awareness – So many missed opportunities come from being unaware. It’s great to be aware of how you are gifted and step into serving positions that allow you to use your talents. That’s what Shoreline Life class is all about! We can help you discover your unique personality and gifts; and guide to you an opportunity. But as important as it is to serve where you are gifted, sometimes we just need to identify a need, roll up our sleeves and get to work.

Take Action – When God wants something done, he has to inspire his kids to do it.  He wants us to have a bias toward action. It takes energy and effort to respond with a servant’s heart. This is where we find true significance – when God is working through us to change a life, to alleviate suffering, to bring joy to the discouraged and just make the world a little bit better.

Will you take action with us this week as we serve the Austin area through the Beyond the Shore initiative? There are five ways to Pay It Forward. And we still have some space open on our outreach teams in the Austin Community. Sign up today and let’s live out the words of John Wesley:

“Do all the good you can. By all the means you can. In all the ways you can. In all the places you can. At all the times you can. To all the people you can. As long as ever you can.”

We can make a difference together!