The other morning I walked into Lee High School as I was showing one of our guest preachers around the campus. In the hallway, I stopped and talked with a man in our church who works for JSO (Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office). He was still in his uniform and he said something that’s be on my mind ever since. As he gave a little laughed, his eyes a somewhat red, and a huge smile on his face he said, “I just got off work.” I responded with a quick, “Bro..so glad you are here…go take a nap!”
Here’s what stuck with me though: it’s his level of sacrifice, dedication, and heart to serve others. He worked the late night shift for 12 hours, but then showed up right after work to serve the people that would walk in the doors of Lee High School for church.
He gets what it means to lay his life down for others in joyful service.
This isn't the first time I've seen him do this either. I’ve arrived for church on several occasions and seen him napping in his car before his team meeting. Josh has set the tone for what it means to respond to the gospel in serving selflessly. This same kind of selfless servanthood can be seen in Paul's letter to the Philippian Church,
"I want you to know, brothers, that what has happened to me has really served to advance the gospel, so that it has become known throughout the whole imperial guard and to all the rest that my imprisonment is for Christ. And most of the brothers, having become confident in the Lord by my imprisonment, are much more bold to speak the word without fear. Philippians 1:12-14
Our personal comfort should never impede serving others for the advancement of the Gospel. May we all follow in these examples of serving selflessly when we have all the wrong excuses to not serve.
Pastor Boyd Bettis