Called to Serve
Paul wrote the following to the believers in Ephesus: “For we are God’s workmanship, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do” (Ephesians 2:10). The instruction is clear that we are to render service and not sit in idleness.
Matthew 20:28 reads, “Just as the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give His life as a ransom for many."” The very nature of Jesus, as revealed in Scripture, is the example that should be our encouragement to serve others. Acknowledging Christ for Who He is and what He has done to redeem us sinners, we begin to understand His nature and His purpose for us. As forgiven people, we have the redemptive purpose of living a life of faithful service to Jesus and others. Christ’s love for us and our love for Him make our lives of servanthood possible. Through a loving relationship with Him, we are willing to live lives of faithful service.
As God’s people, we are called to love God with all our hearts, souls, and minds and to love our neighbors as ourselves (Matthew 22:37). The key to our service is to live with an attitude that is God-centered. With God as our focus, we will want to love and serve Him and others. Unfortunately, because we are by nature self-centered, we are not interested in serving others. When we succumb to the temptation of putting ourselves first, we place ourselves in the center of life, and we become unaware of and less interested in the needs of others. With a God-centered attitude, we will seek opportunities to serve others who are in need.
Our prayer is that God will enable and strengthen us to put Him first so we can faithfully respond to His call to serve.