FREE to Serve
Galatians 5:13: “For you have been called to live in freedom–not freedom to satisfy your sinful nature, but freedom to serve one another in love” (NLT).
Service all starts with love … a love for Christ, a love for the Church, a love for our Community and a love for others! I believe our willingness to serve is directly connected to LOVE!
When we fail to do all that God has wired us for we will feel empty inside … and we can try and fill that emptiness with relationships, money, alcohol, sex or anything else … but at the end of the day we still feel empty because we are not doing what God made us to do!
Here’s a thought I read recently: “Most people wish to serve God, but only in an advisory capacity only.”
Check this verse out … Deuteronomy 10:12: “And now, O Israel, what does the LORD your God ask of you but to fear the LORD your God, to walk in all his ways, to love him, to serve the LORD your God with all your heart and with all your soul” (NIV).
REAL SERVICE comes from 2 places:
- Heart … the place where ‘belief’ happens
- Soul … the place where ‘behavior’ happens
Let me give you a spiritual equation: Belief + Behavior = Full Life Service (Ministry)
No where in this passage do we read about OUTCOME … we read about investments in simple SERVICE to God with every thing that we have.
That’s why we must SERVE. We believe Jesus served but we must behave like Jesus too! It’s not either-or, it is both-and. Find someone and serve them with love!
“A servant enjoys being a ladder-holder, not having to be a ladder-climber” (Dino Rizzo)