Bible Verses: To Learn To Serve Others Is To Serve God
Bible Verses: To Learn to Serve Others is to Serve God
What does it mean to serve?
When we think about “serving”, depending on who we are, we can be thinking of different things. For some, it could mean jury duty or time in a detention center. For others, it could mean volunteerism and community work. Still to others, it could also mean a quantity of food. Depending on the person and the context, there are many ways to serve.
Biblically speaking, however, what does it mean to serve? The Bible is divinely inspired by God and one could view it as a message addressed to God’s people. In Ephesians 5:1, Apostle Paul calls Christians to be imitators of God. In 1 Peter 2:21, Christ, the Son of God, is the example that Christians ought to follow. Throughout scripture, believers of God are called to be as the Father because believers regard themselves as the children of God. Much as how we resemble our biological parents, Christians must also resemble their spiritual Father.
Therefore, the question goes: How did God and Jesus serve? Did they volunteer in soup kitchens? Perhaps served in jury duty? There are many people out there who serve in this way but as believers, we are called not to be followers of man but be imitators of Christ.
Examples of Those Who Served
Let’s look at the example we are to follow: Jesus the Christ. There is something that he did wherever he went— the reason why he was sent, and it is indeed to serve. But let us see how:
Luke 4:43 But Jesus told them, “I must preach the good news of the kingdom of God to the other towns as well, because that is why I was sent.”
Jesus served God’s people by presenting to them the greatest gift: the good news of the kingdom of God. To serve, by definition, means “to perform duties or services for”. Jesus was sent by God for a purpose: to preach of God’s kingdom, the hope of believers where there will be “no more death, mourning, crying, or pain” (Revelation 21:4). In other words, heaven and eternal life.
Similarly, the disciples and apostles served as well, not just by helping others with their physical lives but they, too, carried out the work of preaching to others about the kingdom of heaven which Jesus shared with them and commanded them to also share to the ends of the earth (Acts 1:3, 7-8). They helped others spiritually so that others may also attain eternal life in the kingdom of God.
So, where do we start?
There is a question that servants must ask themselves first and foremost: what service do I have to provide? In other words, “What can I offer?”
As followers of God and Christ, we must first be clear as to the purpose of our service.
Is it just to satisfy others with their needs in this passing and temporary world? Though it is kind work to help others by helping them obtain shelter, or giving them food, or giving encouraging words, what good is a house if it does not last forever? What good is food, if it runs out sooner or later? What good are encouraging words, if they fade away like mist? The God we believe in is One who does not perish but live eternally, and to those who know Him and the one He has sent also has eternal life (John 17:3).
This is not something that can be obtained or given by anything or anyone else in this world. Rather, the service we offer others is something that does not pass but something that will remain for eternity. Housing can be given by others even not of the Christian faith. Food can also be given by those who do not follow Jesus. Encouraging words can be easily shared by anyone.
But Jesus and the disciples served something that could not be obtained from anyone else. As disciple Peter was able to confess, there was something Jesus had that no one else on earth had.
In John 6:68, he says, “Lord, to whom shall we go? You have the words of eternal life.”
If we want to be servants of God, we, too, must learn to share these words of eternal life. Greater than anything that fades or spoils, the hope of a child of God is one that lasts forever.
Therefore, let us first understand and seek these words of eternal life that makes known the kingdom of God.
Who benefits from this service?
This can be summed up in one sentence. As found in 1 Timothy 2:3-4 This is good and pleases God our savior, who wants all to be saved and to come to a knowledge of the truth.
Let us believers first be the ones to recognize the value of the Word of God, and know that within it contains an everlasting hope.
Related Verses on Serving:
Psalms 138:2 – I bow down toward Your holy temple and give thanks to Your name for Your loving devotion and Your faithfulness; You have exalted Your name and Your word above all else.
John 3:16 – For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life.
Matthew 6:33 – But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.
Matthew 10:7 – And proclaim as you go, saying, ‘The kingdom of heaven is at hand’.
Romans 14:17 – For the kingdom of God is not a matter of eating and drinking but of righteousness and peace and joy in the Holy Spirit.
Daniel 2:44 – And in the days of those kings the God of heaven will set up a kingdom that shall never be destroyed, nor shall the kingdom be left to another people. It shall break in pieces all these kingdoms and bring them to an end, and it shall stand forever
Matthew 4:17 – From that time Jesus began to preach, saying, “Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.”
John 3:3 – Jesus answered him, “Truly, truly, I say to you, unless one is born again he cannot see the kingdom of God.”
Matthew 6:10 – Your kingdom come, Your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven.