Why We Serve
I’m sure a lot of us have insecurities of being seen as inadequate while serving. Because of our sinful nature, we are inadequate. It’s only being raised to a new life with Christ, and being reconciled to Him that we’re able to see that no matter the feelings of inadequacy we have, it doesn’t matter anymore. We are deemed adequate through our belief. We are called to serve. We are called to be a servant, like the Servant who died for our sins.
We are deemed adequate through our belief. We are called to serve. We are called to be a servant, like the Servant who died for our sins.
I know scripture tells us that we are called to serve, but why? Why do we serve? I always think of a verse in the gospel of John.
“Whoever serves me must follow me; and where I am, my servant also will be. My Father will honor the one who serves Me.” –John 12:26
Serving is a response to following Jesus. You can’t help it. Once you’ve received Jesus, and you catch glimpses of the plans He has orchestrated for you and for the church, you can’t help but to serve. Don’t just be a part of the movement, but lead the movement.
Not only is serving a response to following Jesus, but that the Father will honor us in that service. When we serve Jesus, we are blessed. I can already think of complete transformations in my life because of serving. It wasn’t just a mindless action, and it should never be made into a routine.
Serve with a genuine heart. Serve with that effortless joy when you think of Jesus. Serve in thought of the person that Jesus is. People thought Jesus was going to be this great warrior with lots of money and an army. Jesus was average. Jesus was an average guy with an extraordinary purpose. His purpose was to serve.
“Whoever says he abides in him ought to walk in the same way in which he walked.” -1 John 2:6
We need to walk in the same way in which He loved. We need to walk in the same way in which He showed grace. We need to walk in the same way in which He served.
Proclaiming that you follow Jesus is one thing, but putting an action to that is a whole other ballpark. I’m speaking from experience when I say that hesitation to serve is mostly from thinking that you’re too busy, or because of fear. I’ve experienced both, and both of them can make room for the enemy to work. You’re too busy? Whatever is at the center of your life controls it. Let Jesus be the center. Everything that we do should point back to Him. You have fear? We all do, but don’t give it the power to control your life. Give it to God. Let His love cast out that fear.
When you’re serving God, you don’t want it to be hindered by things of the world,so keep your sights on Heaven. When you serve, think of Jesus and the selfless way He came to serve us. He came and He served to connect people to the Father. That is why we serve. People connect people to Jesus.