Service: Love in Action

God has made us what we are. In Christ Jesus, God made us to do good works, which God planned in advance for us to live our lives doing (Ephesians 2:10, NCV).

The Sea of Galilee and the Dead Sea are made of the same water that flows down, clear and cold from the heights of Hermon and the roots of the cedars of Lebanon. The Sea of Galilee is a place of great beauty because it has an outlet. It gathers in its riches and then pours them out again to fertilize the Jordan plain. However, the Dead Sea, with the same water creates horror. The Dead Sea has no outlet. It gets to keep.

When we come to God, one of our first “natural” responses is to serve Him.

In fact, our service to God should be spontaneous, enthusiastic, and tireless. If there is no desire to serve or if we find it hard to serve, then there is something wrong in our relationship with God.

One summer, our air conditioner was not working correctly. It only partially cooled the house but seemed to run all day long, doubling our electric bill. When the repairman arrived, the first thing he did was remove the filter from the air conditioning unit. It was filthy. He then removed the coil, which was completely covered with layers of dog hair, cat fur, and dust. The repairman explained, “This unit was never meant to work under this load. It is working as hard as it can, but it is not strong enough to do something it was never intended to do.” He then replaced the filter and cleaned the coil. Our electric bill went back down, the house was cooler than it had been in months, and the unit ran smoothly.

We were created to serve God and to worship Him—here on earth and for eternity.

Worship and service cannot be separated. When we worship God, we will naturally serve Him, and when we serve God, we are worshipping Him.

There are many Christians who are doing nothing, but there are no Christians who have nothing to do. When we think of a servant, we may think of someone who reports to work for a specific amount of time and is paid a specific wage. That is an employee – not a servant. The word “serve” comes from the Greek word “latreuo” and is often translated as “worship.” It is not the picture of a slave serving a master. It is the picture of a love relationship that compels action.

Romans 12:1 (NIV) “Therefore, I urge you, brothers, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as living sacrifices, holy and pleasing to God—this is your spiritual act of worship.”

We worship God by pleasing Him in the daily routines of life.

In other words, we should consider each day to be a worship service to God:

  • Cleaning house
  • Cooking meals
  • Making beds
  • Picking up children
  • Helping a neighbor
  • Buying groceries
  • Teaching a bible study
  • Listening to a hurting friend

Service begins in the heart where it was conceived in love and then works its way out in every day life as an act of praise and gratitude. Service is love in action.

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Mary Southerland is the Stress Buster—a leader at helping women manage stress and enjoy peace in their daily lives. Mary serves the local church as the women’s ministry motivator, inspiring thousands of women to participate in Bible studies, life groups, […]

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  1. Serving can be hard when you are trying to balance life! But great rewards can come out of it!

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