John 12:26 If any man serve me, let him follow me; and where I am, there shall also my servant be: if any man serve me, him will my Father honour.
Jesus calls every Believer to service and gifts them for it. Our serving isn’t to be for our own purposes but letting God use us for His purposes. We are told to let the mind that was in Christ, be in us. He humbled Himself and served (Philippians 2:5-8). It is an honor to serve and serving will be honored by the Father. The word serve has some powerful meanings. Serve means:
- To meet needs or what is required
- To contribute; be of use or useful
- To benefit or be beneficial to
- To assist or help to achieve something.
- To devote one’s life, time, work, or efforts to
Would you be described as one who serves?
People who serve see themselves as vessels God can use to meet needs like their God does (Philippians 4:19). Philippians 2:4 from the Amplified Bible describes the unselfish mindset of those who serve, “Let each of you esteem and look upon and be concerned for not [merely] his own interests, but also each for the interests of others.” It takes a loving person to think of “others first,” instead of “me first.”
Those who serve lay down their lives (John 15:13), are willing to be spent for others (2 Corinthians 12:15), and do not regard their life so dear (so precious, costly, and valuable Acts 20:24), to at times, even sacrifice in order to serve. First Corinthians 10:24 says it in a similar way, “Let no one then seek his own good and advantage and profit, but [rather] each one of the other [let him seek the welfare of his neighbor] AMP.” This is totally opposite of the people of the Last Days perilous times culture who are described as, “… lovers of their own selves (selfish; fond of self; self-centered; too intent on one’s own interests) … 2 Timothy 3:1, 2.”