The Essence of Service

A while ago, a good friend of mine wrote [Տաքցուր, Փակցուր] that today’s Spiritual service leaders are not as competent as they should be, he also stated that there are some teachers in Sunday schools who don’t know how many books there are in the Bible; thus worried that his children would be misled, he preferred that if he had any children he would not send them to such a community. That sentence, on its own, infuriated me since being a Sunday school teacher myself, I don’t know how many books there are in the Bible!

Today, I wanted to write this article because I wanted to remind people that service was never about mathematics, never about laws, and never about numbers: How many books are there in the Bible? How many chapters does the Psalm have? Or how many years have you served in a certain group? I wanted to remind people that the essence of service is the Grace of God and the Guidance of the Holy Spirit. The Bible clearly stated its opinion about law and grace, Romans 8:3 states “for what the law was powerless to do God did by sending his own son”. As for the concept of service, it is saying thank you God for everything you have blessed me with and now I will try to show my appreciation to you through my work and my deeds as much as I can.

I don’t want you to misunderstand me; I am certainly not saying that knowledge is unimportant. Quite the opposite it is very basic, but no one was born with the ultimate knowledge, we all learn through experience, time, and dedication. It is true, some of the leaders do miss some of the traits of leadership, but then again, no one is perfect. And for those people who have learned the mathematics and laws of the Bible, I call upon them, and I ask them one simple question:

Where are you?

As for my friend and I, don’t worry, we talked, discussed, argued and realized that we both were protecting the same cause. We both were worried about our Spiritual community and we were hungry to see it prosper and grow. And those of you who send your children to Sunday school, don’t worry, we know what we are doing, we always come prepared and most importantly we are always guided by the Holy Spirit; since besides the personal and group effort we bring together as a group, we also believe in the power of our prayers.

Thank you.

Aline Tahazian
Aline Tahazian