Steve Sogren wrote in Seeing Beyond Church Walls: “We serve because that is normal behavior for people who are filled with God’s Spirit. We are Christians. Christ was the ultimate servant. We can’t help but serve because the Spirit of THE Servant has filled our hearts. When we serve, we are just being who we naturally are […Christians].”
Jesus pushed really hard for his disciples to get this one and they struggled (Mark 9:33-35, Matthew 20:20-28, Luke 22:20-27). Paul wrote in Galatians 5:13, “…serve one another in love.”
Serving one another in ways that promote harmony
- Serve with humility (Philippians 2:1-8)
- Serve with your God-given abilities /spiritual gifts (1 Peter 4:10If you’re unsure what your spiritual gifts are, pick up a Spiritual Gifts inventory at the church and see how God has hard-wired your heart.
- Serve with your resources (Acts 4:32-37, 1 Peter 4:9)Serving one another will cost you something: time, money, resources; and you can be taken advantage of, but, that said, it is a powerful way to promote harmony in your home, at work, at church; it is how Christians act.
- Ask yourself: “Where am I expecting someone to serve me?”
- Ask yourself: “Where am I serving in ways that help to demonstrate that I’m a servant?”
This week, take on the role of a servant in your home, your small group, your work group, or your ministry group, and see what kind of harmony it generates.