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Justin and Cheryl Cumiford

We are called to serve. We are all called to serve if you know Jesus as Lord and savior.

Cheryl Cumiford

Why do we serve?

The Bible says in Philippians 2:5-8, “In your relationships with one another, have the same mindset as Christ Jesus:  Who, being in very nature God, did not consider equality with God something to be used to his own advantage; rather, he made himself nothing by taking the very nature of a servant, being made in human likeness. And being found in appearance as a man, he humbled himself by becoming obedient to death— even death on a cross!”

Serving is the most difficult thing I have been called to do. For Justin and I it means sacrificing self, family, and grandchildren (3 of them) to follow Christ. Justin and I know that life without Christ is nothing. Even Christ knew how hard this would be. Mark 14:36, “And He said,  “Abba, Father, everything is possible for you. Take this cup from me. Yet not what I will, but what you will.”

So, we live our lives trying to listen to God’s call, and His call changes all the time. I think He likes keeping us on our toes. We have been so blessed while serving by cutting blackberry thickets, putting roofs on houses, helping after fires to find belongings and preparing for rebuilds, helping with VBS in Africa, shooing water buffalos and zebras out of a building before services. Serving has meant driving on the wrong side of the road (on the wrong side of the car) and shifting with my left hand. It is serving in Upward Sports, mowing lawns, building retaining walls, or pouring cement. John 13:14-17 says, “Now that I, your Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet, you also should wash one another’s feet. I have set you an example that you should do as I have done for you. Very truly I tell you, no servant is greater than his master, nor is a messenger greater than the one who sent him. Now that you know these things, you will be blessed if you do them.”

What is my purpose? Why are Justin and I here? We are here to tell people about Jesus Christ and to show His love. He does not want us comfortable and safe inside our four walls. God wants us out of our comfort zone living for Him. It’s not about us. It’s all about God.