You love the Lord, don’t you? When we love someone we want to be close and intimate with that person; to serve them and honor them. Beloved, hear me on this, in order to serve God, it is imperative that we serve others. Really serve them, wherever we find ourselves. We choose to serve not because school requires 15 hours of community service, or because your company gives you a day off for serving the poor, but because serving is what Jesus did. He is the living example of Love, Serving, and Humility. We need to be serving in our home, in our neighborhood, in our church, at our workplace, at our school, in our grocery stores, at the doctor’s office, at the coffee shop, at the laundromat…
Are you getting the picture? We need a servant’s heart willing to show Jesus everywhere – at any time! Look how Jesus serves his followers:
“When he had finished washing their feet, he put on his clothes and returned to his place. “Do you understand what I have done for you?” he asked them. “You call me ‘Teacher’ and ‘Lord,’ and rightly so, for that is what I am. 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.”- (John 13:12-17)
Are you willing to get in and wash your neighbors’ feet? Are you willing to wash your spouses feet, or your parents feet? Are you willing to do whatever the Holy Spirit puts on your heart in order to serve Him from your inner soul?
Please do not misunderstand me; volunteerism is admirable, and much needed. The United States is a beacon of servitude throughout the world. However, God is looking at our hearts, not our checklists or our politically correct service projects.
He made us in His image and gave us Jesus to provide an example of how to be a reflection of Him. So let us go back to the Word.
His word tells us: “Our people must learn to do good by meeting the urgent needs of others; then they will not be unproductive.” (Titus 3:14 NIV) We can become a missionary machine and be “productive” by serving in a myriad of ways: prayer, hospitality, compassion, sharing our gifts and talents, etc. However, the serving must become an act of worship and not just an actionable item we put on our resume, or check off our to-do list to show we are busy. It must be sincere, stemming from our hearts, from love and compassion. He commands it:
“Love must be sincere. ..Be devoted to one another in love. Honor one another above yourselves. Never be lacking in zeal, but keep your spiritual fervor, serving the Lord. Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer. Share with the Lord’s people who are in need. Practice hospitality.”- (Romans 12:9-13) In this passage, God gives us direct orders and examples of how to share and to serve. He wants you to be excited, celebrate your neighbor’s successes and mourn their losses.
Some additional, practical tips towards fulfilling God’s desires on servant-hood include:
-Don’t just send an annual donation, although many Christ centered ministries are in desperate need of funds, pray about how you can help in other ways.
-Don’t just leave canned goods for the hungry; make a hot cooked meal for someone.
-Don’t just serve the food behind the food line, have a meal WITH someone you don’t know who is lonely or hurting.
-Don’t just send a card, help in some way.
-Be the people of Christ, not a segregated group of polished, perfect, Pharisee-like servants.
-Offer your talents.
-Offer your time.
-Offer your love to the seemingly unlovable (you may even start at home with this one).
And last but certainly not least: Do not be prideful in your serving, or in your humility.
This leads us to consider the third part of our equation: HUMILITY which we will cover in our next session.
May God Bless you as you consider how you can serve Him!