“Serve the Lord with gladness; come before Him with joyful singing.” – Psalms 100:2 NASB
Serving is an important aspect of a Christian’s life. In fact, a follower of Christ by definition and example is one who imitates Jesus Christ in all His ways including in His acts of love and grace. But what does it mean to serve?
According to the Webster dictionary, to serve means:
-to be of use
-to attend to other people’s needs
-to answer the needs of
-to provide services that benefit or help.
As Christians, we are called to answer and meet the needs of others, to do good to those around us. The Word of God exhorts us to serve and not just anyone rather serve the Lord and do so with GLADNESS. The real question is how does one serve the God of the universe who already has absolutely everything? The answer is simple: by serving others. As Jesus said: “ Then the King will say to those on His right, ‘Come, you who are blessed of My Father, inherit the Kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world. ‘For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat; I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink; I was a stranger and you invited Me in; naked and you clothed me; I was sick and you visited me; I was in prison and you came to me. Then the righteous will answer Him, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you something to drink? And when did we see you a stranger and invite you in or naked and clothe you? When did we see you sick or in prison and come to you? The king will answer and say to them, “Truly I say to you, to the extent that you did it to one of these brothers of Mine, even the least of them, you did it to me.” (Matthew 25: 34-40)
If we are honest with ourselves, we are not always willing to serve, much less eager and joyful to do so so especially in a world that replays on giant speaker phones “do you!”. This is even more reason for us to bathe in God’s Word and step into the truth.
Though we may not always feel like serving, we must serve. This is the act of love and obedience that God calls us to.
When life gets hard, serve.
When others need help, serve.
When you feel down, serve anyway.
We may not always be physically able to serve as we’d like, yet there are always ways to benefit others, to extend a hand as Jesus would , to be a support system to the struggling single mother, to cook a meal for someone in need or simply be the one who checks on a friend too anxious or depressed to get out of bed.
The heart of a servant is wrapped in love, grace,mercy, and compassion but it must also be soaked in joy: joy to be of use, joy to spread the message of the Gospel, and joy to please the heart of God.
So friend, go and serve those around you with the same mindset as Jesus Christ by focusing on others generously.
Oswald Chambers once said:
“ If we believe in Jesus, it is not what we gain but what He pours through us that really counts.”
How are you letting God pour through you today?
Are you serving with a joyful heart?
Are you allowing the Holy Spirit to manifest His power through you through loving acts?
Servanthood is :
-God’s will for every believer
-God’s ways of carrying out His work
-one of God’s means of growing you and
-always His way of teaching you how to love better.
“Jesus Christ’s idea of a New Testament saint: not one who merely proclaims the Gospel, but one who becomes broken bread and poured out wine in the hands of Jesus Christ for the sake of others. “ – Oswald Chambers , My Utmost For His Highest
“My Father will honour the one who servers me. “ – John 12:26b
A note to singles
Your season of singleness gives us a great advantage to serve in ways you could not while married. Make great use of this time- not to further your own agendas but to be of help to others. This will be a great act of worship.
Dear Lord, give me a joyful heart to serve you and serve others around me. Remind me to do all to your glory and give me a heart that is delighted in you. In Jesus’ name.
Psalms 37:11; 40:8