Serve us or Service, Which is it?

Serve Us or Service, which will it be?

I have heard it said many times by members of churches as they left to find another church, “I need something more”, or “they weren’t meeting my needs”. But, I have always found these comments to be unsettling. I know, what your thinking, “but the church has to meet the needs”. That is true, to a point. But…

The Bible tells us that in addition to saving us, God has called us to serve. What does that mean? While we are not saved BY service, but we are saved FOR service. (2 Tim 1:9) “It is he who has saved us and chose us for his holy work, not because we deserved it but because that was his plan.”

Another fact is that we are all called to serve God. Being “called” is not reserved for missionaries, pastors, nuns, or some other full-time church worker, but in reality every Christ follower is called to service. (2 Tim 1:9) “He saved us and called us to be his own people, not because of what we have done, but because of his OWN purpose.” (1 Peter 2:9) “You were chosen to tell about the excellent qualities of God, who called you.” Anytime you use your God-given abilities to help others, your fulfilling your calling.

There are too many people who assume just because they cannot sing, preach, play an instrument, etc they have no ministry. They simply exist expecting someone or something to minister to them. This is wrong on so many levels.

God expects each person who has been saved to minister to others in some way or another. If all you can do is share with others your testimony, then do it. Find something you CAN do to show the love of Christ to a world, your world, that is tired of the same old thing. The command of God is to love others and to be an ambassador for the body, community of Christ.

The last thing many Christ followers need is another Bible study on serving others. They already know far more than they are putting into practice. What they need are serving experiences in which they can exercise their spiritual muscles. Serving is the opposite of what our natural inclinations are. Most people are more interested in “serve us” than they are in service. We say, “I’m looking for a church that meets my needs and blesses me,” not “I’m looking for a place to serve and to be A blessing.” We almost expect others to serve us and not vice versa. But when we mature in Christ, the focus of our lives should increasingly shift to living a life of service. We must stop asking, “Who’s going to meet my needs?” and start asking, “Whose needs can I meet?”

If you’re not currently involved in service or ministry, what excuse have you been using?

Abraham was old, Jacob was insecure, Leah was unattractive, Joseph was abused, Moses stuttered, Gideon was poor, Samson was co-dependent, Rahab was immoral, David had an affair and family problems, Elijah was suicidal, Jeremiah was depressed, Jonah was reluctant, Naomi was a widow, John the Baptist was eccentric, Peter was impulsive and hot-tempered, Martha worried A LOT, the Samaritan woman has multiple failed marriages, Zacchaeus was unpopular, Thomas had doubts, Paul had very poor health, and Timothy was very timid.

A merry band of Mis-fits to say the least. But they all has one thing in common, they were all used by God in his service. What’s holding you back?

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About Markus
Self confessed MisFit trying to get through life. Christ Follower,Father,Papaw,Musician. A realist who is enjoying becoming lost in the right direction

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