The Greek philosopher Aristotle once said that the essence of life is “to serve others and do good. Jesus brings a new level of depth to service by calling it a trademark of a true leader. In Matthew 20:26 He said “…whoever wants to become great among you must be your servant”.

When Jesus gave His followers the command to go into all the world with the Good News, He wasn’t just giving us an assignment. He was fully aware of the hidden benefits of the life of service.

Giving your time and efforts without compensation is contradictory to our human nature and is seemingly impossible to accomplish in life’s busy pace, yet even secular research confirms that acts of serving others and volunteering improves mental and physical health, creates rich and meaningful relationship with people around us and builds a sense of satisfaction that is more lasting than the oner from any other accomplishments.

Volunteering takes you beyond your usual circle of friends and colleagues, it connects you with people who share your moral values, your faith and your passions. The friends you meet on a mission trip become life-long friends. These are the kind of friends that become the true support network in difficult times.

Researchers at the London School of Economics found that people who volunteer regularly experience a higher level of happiness than those who do not volunteer, as well as a greater sense of purpose and commitment in their communities.

When you share your faith in Christ with others, you offer them something that is not perishable or passing. You provide hope for the future, guidance for a happy life and an eternity in Heaven. The impact you make is more lasting than anything else you can accomplish in your life.

Lastly, volunteering in the Great Commission is a journey of self-discovery and spiritual growth. Learning a new culture, overcoming unfamiliar obstacles, and deepening your relationship with Christ.

Are you ready to try?