On Sunday, April 10, Cross Church kicked off 90in90, a community service initiative in honor of our second birthday as a campus. Over the course of 90 days, I am asking everyone at Cross Church to serve for 90 minutes. The goal is to reach 10,000 minutes, which equates to 111 people serving for 90 minutes.
As people serve, I’ve asked them to post pictures to social media with #90in90. You can search #90in90 on Facebook and see several pictures even after just the first week of 90in90.
There are some boundaries to the community service – 90in90 is not for serving our church family or for serving our own families either. Thankfully, the opportunities to serve are endless, and we’ve listed a few opportunities to serve with like-minded partners at crosschurchdfw.org/90in90.
You may be asking yourself, why? Why serve?
I believe service is a spiritual discipline – just like prayer, Bible study, meditation, fasting, and the like. Spiritual disciplines are those activities that Jesus Christ did in devotion and fellowship with God the Father, and we do them to become more like Christ.
I’m not alone in believing that service is a spiritual discipline. Both Richard Foster and Dallas Willard, spiritual discipline gurus, have written at length on service as a spiritual discipline. Foster offers the picture of Jesus washing the disciples’ feet as justification for service as a mandatory spiritual discipline for Jesus’ followers. He writes:
In Matthew 20:26-28, Jesus tells us that greatness is found in serving others, “whoever would be great among you must be your servant, and whoever would be first among you must be your slave, even as the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.”
Not only does Jesus tell us to serve, he gives us an example of serving others in John 13, when Jesus washes the disciples feet. Jesus redefines greatness as serving others.
90in90 at Cross Church is a way for us to become more like Christ. As we serve others for just 90 minutes, we put ourselves in a place for the Holy Spirit to mold us, re-make us, to transform us in the image of Jesus Christ.
Wherever you find yourself – at Cross Church or somewhere else – serve others that you may become more like our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.