1 Samuel 12:24 “But be sure to fear the Lord and faithfully serve him. Think of all the wonderful things he has done for you.”
Over the past couple years, I have realized the more I serve others, the more I grow in the Lord. I have indirectly benefited more from volunteering in kids’ ministry, and on different teams, than when I have done things according to my intentions that will directly benefit me.
Serving does not necessarily have to be a committed position. Serving can be as simple as an act of kindness for a stranger at the grocery store.
Sometimes when I find myself angry at a particular family member, the best way for me to get over it is to serve them with a simple act of kindness. This act is not always easy, but it keeps me from lashing out. I might wash their dishes for them, get their favorite food for them, or switch their laundry from the washer to the dryer. By serving them physically, my body is forced to love them even when my mind may not necessarily agree at that moment. It is a matter of the heart being in the right place when I am serving that person.
When Jesus washed the feet of the disciples …when He performed miracles …when he gave the ultimate sacrifice, His heart was set on serving his Father. Likewise, we should strive to do the same in our lives and live as if our every action is to serve the Lord. We can touch the lives of the people around us with the simplest actions.
Your servitude to people around you shows your love for the Lord. By serving others, you serve the Lord because you are showing love for one of His beloved children. Moreover, God has called us, as Christians, to accomplish the ultimate service of discipleship. But, sadly, most of us are often scared to talk with others about Christ, myself included! However, someone who may not know Christ will see His love in you and may ask, “Why are you always so nice?” The best response would be to clarify your kindness as an effect of being a Christ-follower. You never know, they might be interested in becoming one themselves!