THE DISCIPLINE OF SERVICE
December 27, 2009
Of all the bible disciplines mentioned from Genesis to Revelation, the act of service is mentioned more often than all the rest. We are encouraged in every book of the bible to serve God and serve others. All biblical disciplines are actually a form of service: prayer, singing, worship, giving, whatever we do for God or mankind is really a service. What is the biblical basis for correctly serving God and others?
Matthew 24:38; Luke 17:28 Every age since time began has been marked by a spirit of self-centeredness and self-admiration. The term that bible commentators most frequently use to characterize this type of lifestyle is narcissism ( self gratification, excess of self-love).
Luke 17:26-30 Our age is no different than any other age. The human race today is so involved with self that they have no time to serve God or mankind. Jesus warned that the world would resemble that of the days of Noah and Lot at the time of His return.
Exodus 4:10 In response to God’s call on his life, Moses referred to himself as a servant.
Romans 1:1; Titus 1:1 The apostle Paul often referred to himself as being a servant of God.
Galatians 5:13 Paul often appealed to other Christians to assume the role of loving servants.
I Corinthians 3:5; 4:1 Paul rebuked the Corinthians for their “hero” type reverence for one apostle over another. He reminded them that he was just a servant by which they believed.
Ephesians 4:11-12 Paul says the reason for God-given leadership in the church is for service.
I Corinthians 12:1, 4-7 The reason for Spiritual gifts is for all of us to serve each other.
Romans 12:1-2 Paul tells us that we cannot serve God or each other correctly without experiencing the renewing and transforming work of grace in our hearts by the Holy Spirit. Neither can we go forward with the Holy Spirit without first consecrating ( to set apart as holy) ourselves totally to God.
DIVERSE FORMS OF SERVICE
I Corinthians 12:8-12 Here Paul identifies several gifts which are to be used to serve God and fellow believers in the church.
Acts 9:36, 39 In this verse we see that individuals are recognized by God for their service.
I Thessalonians 1:1-3, 7-8 Paul commends the church for their faith, work, and example to others.
I Thessalonians 4:9-10 This church was had a great testimony for their spiritual love for each other and for all the surrounding churches.
Galatians 6:9-10 God’s people are to never stop being engaged in service to God and others.
I Corinthians 3:10-15 Our reward or loss for our service will be determined by our motives.
I Corinthians 13 : 1-13 Paul knew that for himself and those that call upon Christ as Lord, that all our service in the world means nothing to God if not motivated by our love for Him.
John 21: 15-17 It is only after we can affirmatively say with all our heart that we love Him supremely that Jesus trusts us to serve Him.
I Corinthians 13:13 If our service is done without love for Christ being the motive, it is done for self-pleasing and is prideful and useless. True authentic Christian service comes from loving Christ supremely and putting Him and others before our self.