A dangerous mentality has flooded American churches. The consumer-driven culture we live in has made its way into the realm of religion. People often attend worship services with one thing in mind. We ask ourselves, “What am I going to get out of this?” Consumerism can happen to the best of us. It is part of our DNA as Americans. We want to sing the songs we like. We want the preacher to talk about the subjects we believe to be important. We want a custom designed worship experience, but do we have it all wrong? Paul teaches us that Christianity is not about our wants and desires, but about sacrifice and giving.
“Do nothing from selfish ambition or conceit, but in humility count others more significant than yourselves. Let each of you look not only to his own interests, but also to the interests of others.” (Philippians 2:3-4)
How do we move from a Christianity focused on ourselves, to a Christianity where we consider “the interests of others”? It doesn’t happen overnight. We must be purposeful. We must take small steps to change our way of thinking. We must break old habits, and look for ways to bless others. It all begins with us. Don’t wait another week. Here are five ways you can bless someone this Sunday.
- Sit next to someone who is alone – It happens every Sunday. I look out over the crowd, and there are people sitting by themselves. Sometimes these individuals have no one else at home. They are alone when they are at home, and they are alone at worship. It should not be this way. The church is supposed to be a family. We are supposed to be each others mother, father, sister, and brother. I know we all have our favorite place to sit, but it’s not about us. A simple act of changing where we sit could be a tremendous blessing to someone who is all alone.
- Volunteer for something – Churches always need help with something. They are usually looking for teachers, nursery attendants, people to make or bring food, people to help with worship, etc. A task like finding teachers can sometimes be a chore. The person in charge has to chase down people before or after services and try and convince them to teach next quarter. It’s not a fun job. How much nicer would it be if this person had volunteers ready to work? Find out what your congregation needs and volunteer. You will be a blessing to those in charge.
- Pray for someone this week – Prayer is an essential part of the Christian faith. We need to spend time in prayer, but if we are not careful, our prayers can become selfish. We easily remember to pray for our own needs and concerns, but what about the needs and concerns of our church family? Look over your church directory and choose someone to lift up in prayer. Pray for them each day this week, and on Sunday let them know you have been praying for them. Prayer is a blessing, and it feels good to know that someone is praying for you.
- Offer to watch someone’s kids – Wrestling kids during worship should be considered a competitive sport. There are many mothers and fathers who are trying to do the right thing by bringing their kids to worship, but they easily get worn out. Sometimes these parents wonder if it is worth it. They feel like they are disrupting others, and they rarely get to focus on worship. A Sunday without having to corral kids would be a great blessing to many parents.
- Invite a widow or widower to lunch – Meals are a great blessing. Jesus often took the time to dine with people. Meals are an opportunity to get to know people and strengthen already existing relationships. Many of us have family and friends we eat with each Sunday, but some people have no one to share a meal with. No one should have to eat alone on Sunday. Fellowship should extend beyond the church building. We should invite people into our homes and out to eat. Make sure to extend hospitality to anyone you think may have to eat alone.
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