Serving, both God and people, is a huge part of the Christian life. One summer in high school I bagged groceries at Ardmore’s very own Piggly Wiggly. It really was a good job. One thing I found in taking people’s groceries to their car was that the nicer you are to them the more likely they are to leave you a tip. So I decided to be nice. It was great. This is an example of serving, but this type of serving was fueled by the wrong purpose. I just did it because I wanted more money. When it comes to serving God and serving people the way He called us to, it is with a genuine heart for God and a genuine heart for people that you want to serve them. Jesus Himself, served God and He served people on a daily basis while he was here on this earth.
Every thing we have whether it be money, talents, passions, or desires are a gift from God and are given to us to use for His glory and to serve others. Serving is not about us trying to receive praise but as a means of worship to Jesus. When we take the focus off of ourselves and point it to God, that difference in our lives causes people to examine the life-changing nature of a relationship with Jesus Christ. It validates our faith in front of others. This will also show others in which you serve, what God you serve, and you might be the only visible representation of Jesus, they will ever see by how you serve them.
1 Peter 4:10-11
Each one should use whatever gift he has received to serve others, faithfully administering God’s grace in its various forms. If anyone speaks, he should do it as one speaking the very words of God. If anyone serves, he should do it with the strength God provides, so that in all things God may be praised through Jesus Christ. To him be the glory and the power forever and ever. Amen.
Therefore, I urge you, brothers, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as living sacrifices, holy and pleasing to God—this is your spiritual act of worship. Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will.
- To Serve God
- For God to reveal to you how you can server others