“Where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.” -Matthew 6:21
Everyone treasures something. Every day, our actions follow what our hearts value. When we put our hearts into our work, that work reflects what we treasure. As Impact 360 Fellows students striving to be approved workers of Christ, we direct our time and energy into intentional work to show how much we treasure those that we serve. One of the ways we do this is through our service teams.
Recently, we returned to campus after serving for a month in Brazil. While we engaged with a lot of hands-on serving while in Brazil, we all practice serving each other here on campus too.
As Christians, we should all be motivated by a need to serve the God who has freely and richly given us so much. At Impact 360, we should have the same motivations as well as the desire to give back to the organization that has given so much to us. The campus of Impact 360 runs smoothly and efficiently, and that is largely because of the hard work and dedication of both staff and students.
There are many needs to keep Impact running at its best, and one of these main needs is the daily food service in the cafeteria. Our in-house chef Pokki and his talented team are in charge of cooking all of our meals, and each service team gets the privilege of assisting them for one meal a day. Part of this involves setting up the meal, serving food onto plates, and washing the dishes.
Each semester our service teams have different responsibilities. Each team spends one semester helping with meals and the other semester working around the facilities in another way. Those ways include campus communications, beautification, hospitality, and hosting. These are practical areas that we get the chance to liven out our faith and everything we are learning here at Impact.
A huge benefit of the service teams on campus is that they help students build comradery with each other and with the staff members. As we serve together and strategize to meet deadlines and create meaningful work, we grow closer with each other and learn to appreciate each other’s strengths. Serving on campus also gives us an appreciation for the hard hours that staff members put in every day to make this program possible for us.
In addition to helping runs areas of campus, we also spend time working on off-campus projects. We serve the surrounding areas of Pine Mountain, Columbus, and La Grange by partnering with local organizations and going out in teams that help meet their needs. This has grown our relationships with each other and given us new connections with people in the local area. These projects have been a great way for us to love one another as Christ has loved us.
The Christ-like Service
Through each type of service that we participate in, we practice being like Christ. We lay down our agendas for His, we learn to love like Him, and we humble ourselves as He did. This, in turn, grows our love for Him and makes our hearts more like His.
Whether you attend Impact 360 or you are living for Christ somewhere else, this attitude of service applies to you! You are His vessel of ministry. You are what He has chosen to use to make Himself and His mission known to this world.
As Impact 360 students, we have been so blessed to have been given the opportunity to work for the Lord during our time here. He is the greatest treasure our hearts could ever hold, and He is the one we do it all for. We are thankful for the example of servanthood that He gave and for our chance to participate in the same service!