We are continuing in our Doers of the Word series, and today, we are discussing the topic of service and what Scripture says about it. We believe that serving the body of Christ is one of the true marks of a believer. Whether it comes naturally to you or not, we get to serve others because Jesus served us!
*Make sure to check out our Scripture reading episode on the book of James!
James 1:27, “Religion that is pure and undefiled before God, the Father, is this: to visit orphans and widows in their affliction, and to keep oneself unstained from the world.”
James 2:14-17, “What good is it, my brothers, if someone says he has faith but does not have works? Can that faith save him? If a brother or sister is poorly clothed and lacking in daily food, and one of you says to them, “Go in peace, be warmed and filled,” without giving them the things needed for the body, what good is that? So also faith by itself, if it does not have works, is dead.
- The orphans and widows were an oppressed group of people during this time.
- Mathew 25:35-40, “For I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me drink, I was a stranger and you welcomed me, I was naked and you clothed me, I was sick and you visited me, I was in prison and you came to me.’ Then the righteous will answer him, saying, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you drink? And when did we see you a stranger and welcome you, or naked and clothe you? And when did we see you sick or in prison and visit you?’ And the King will answer them, ‘Truly, I say to you, as you did it to one of the least of these my brothers, you did it to me.’
- If you want to serve Jesus, you serve other people.
- Mathew 25: 41-46
- We continue reading to see the other side of this. How often do we fall short of serving the Lord?
- What is the condition of your heart in serving?
- Philippians 2: 3-9, “Do nothing from selfish ambition or conceit, but in humility count others more significant than yourselves. Let each of you look not only to his own interests, but also to the interests of others. Have this mind among yourselves, which is yours in Christ Jesus, who, though he was in the form of God, did not count equality with God a thing to be grasped, but emptied himself, by taking the form of a servant, being born in the likeness of men. And being found in human form, he humbled himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross. Therefore God has highly exalted him and bestowed on him the name that is above every name…”
- Jesus is the ultimate example of what it looks like to serve with humility.
- What stops you from serving?
- Selfishness with time.
- I already serve in another area.
- It not being an area of service you enjoy.
- Not feeling “good” at it.
- Someone else will do it.
- Someone else is more equipped than me.
- It isn’t convenient for me.
- 1 Peter 4: 9-11, “Show hospitality to one another without grumbling. As each has received a gift, use it to serve one another, as good stewards of God’s varied grace: whoever speaks, as one who speaks oracles of God; whoever serves, as one who serves by the strength that God supplies—in order that in everything God may be glorified through Jesus Christ. To him belong glory and dominion forever and ever. Amen.
- God gives us the strength to serve.
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-The OHT team