We live in a “dog-eat-dog” society. Everyone is looking for “us four and no more.” It’s about me, myself, and I. Put society’s philosophy together with our sinful nature and the it’s a surefire recipe for a selfish lifestyle. And people seem to be okay with it!
Jesus teaches us to “look on the fields,” to be “moved with compassion,” and to “love one another.” The Bible declares that we should “bear one another’s burden,” “support the weak, comfort the feebleminded,” and to “live peaceably with all men.” The world influences us to care for our own while God commands us to serve others.
It’s one thing to teach the Bible, and preach from its pages. It’s quite another to be the Bible to someone else; to live the life of Christ, so that others may see our good works and glorify our Father, which is in Heaven.
While in college, the matter of “working out your salvation” was greatly instilled in me. It wasn’t just about saying “we love you,” it’s showing it by taking a meal to a bus family or by visiting with a senior saint. Love was shown through service and having a servant’s heart.
At college, we were taught to have a soul winner’s heart and a servant’s heart. From the senior pastor down to the person in charge of maintenance, a common question was asked, and asked often around campus: “Is there anything I can do for you?”
When was the last time you asked someone else that question? Often we seek to be served rather than to be of service. Or sometimes, that question is met with ulterior motives – if you scratch my back, I’ll scratch yours!
True servitude doesn’t seek an ROI, a return on investment. The act of serving, knowing that whatsoever shall be done to the least is seen as an act for the Saviour, is reward itself. The goal of serving is to glorify God and lift up men. Be a servant today!
Having a servant’s heart will require a few things from you. It will require:
It is impossible to be a servant without giving of your time. To be a blessing, you must carve some time out of your busy life to meet someone else’s need. Some can be scheduled while some are spontaneous. It’s been said before that love is spelled T-I-M-E.
In the question of servitude, ask yourself this question, “How much time in my day do I use to serve or help others?” Just study the life of Christ! You’ll notice that He spent much of His time helping others. Having a servant’s heart will require your time.
One of the biggest hindrances to serving is the mindset that says, “I’m better than that,” or “They don’t deserve my help.” These statements, along with others similar to it, are rooted in pride and keeps many from serving.
I’m privileged to have served and continue to serve with pastors who don’t mind rolling up their sleeves and doing what others believe to be beneath them. They obey the command of Jesus in John 13 to serve others, regardless of their position. It is impossible to sincerely serve without first being humble.
You can serve without loving but you can’t love without serving. God dedicates a whole chapter in 1 Corinthians (13) to teach us what love is and what it isn’t. And according to the passage, it is possible to serve without love. Don’t be guilty of being a sounding brass or a tinkling cymbal!
We need to look no further than John 3:16 to see the loving service God renders unto the human race. But what’s amazing is that God didn’t stop demonstrating His love through service when we got saved. Everyday, He shows us how much he loves us by the serving us. Think about it, the Creator of the universe seeks to serve you! Your breath, your life, your blessings are all acts of service from a loving and gracious God.
Are you a servant? Do you mind helping others, anytime? Start serving God and others now!