Serving in the body of Christ is one of the most rewarding things a Christian can do. Matthew 23:11-12 says, “The greatest among you shall be your servant. Whoever exalts himself will be humbled, and whoever humbles himself will be exalted.”
When we learn how to serve, we become more like Jesus. Even when he knew what he would have to go through at the cross, Jesus never ceased to serve. We need to use Jesus’ example and strive to always serve no matter what the task may be. Do not look at serving as a duty, but as an opportunity to show the love of Christ to those around you. In today’s culture, too many people are asking, “What can I get?” instead of asking, “What can I give?”
Here are some examples from the Bible about the importance of serving:
You reap what you sow (Galatians 6:7-9).
When we serve, we give glory to God (Matthew 5:16).
Love is always key in serving (Galatians 5:13-14).
No task is too large or small (Zechariah 4:10).
So, why not serve with a grateful heart to help others? You don’t have to look very hard to find a need in your community or church. Whether the task seems to be large or small — significant or insignificant — everyone is needed to help bring forth the vision of the ministry.
Serving others is very rewarding. While we don’t do it to receive, we cannot help but reap a great harvest in the natural and in the spirit. It is always better to give than to get. Our lives are much more full and complete when we have this mentality. By adding this to your thought process and daily routine, you will see positive changes in yourself, and in the ones around you. It will also wonderfully affect many others that you will never know about.
Strive to serve and everything else will fall into place. God bless you!
Ryan Jochims is a staff member of Lord of Hosts Church.