Ask What You Can Do

In 1961, President John F. Kennedy spoke before the nation and said, “Ask not what your country can do for you – ask what you can do for your country.” As important and impactful as those words were to a nation, we should today, as the Lord’s church, consider a few similar statements.

Ask what you can do for the church. It might be easy for us to fall into a rut of expecting help or support from the church. People might often believe they should be encouraged or motivated whenever the church comes together, but what are we willing to do? Like any organization, the church provides many ways to help and serve. Are we looking for those opportunities? What are we willing to do for the church?

Ask what you can do for others. We need to consider the needs of others regularly. As members of the body of Christ, His church, we are surrounded by people with needs like ours. We also have an obligation to help those outside of the church through benevolence and evangelism. What are we willing to do for others?

Ask not just what God can do for you but how you can serve Him. God has already done more than we deserve by giving His Son to die for our sins. We should look forward to every opportunity to assemble together to worship Him, study His word and consider His promises, and serve our God.

Matt Langfield