Serve or Sink

“For God is not unjust so as to overlook your work and the love that you have shown for his name in serving the saints, as you still do” (Hebrews 6:10).

What happens when swimmers pause in the middle of a lake to rest? They eventually sink, especially if they cease all efforts to resume swimming. Similarly, Christians and churches that pause in their service for one another will eventually sink under the burden of conflict. When we fail to love and serve one another, we will soon grow weary of each other. God has ordained a blessing for those who serve one another.

The term “serve” can conjure up negative thoughts of hardship and toil. But as Christians, we need to dismiss such notions and consider God’s great design for His people.

1. Serving takes our eyes off ourselves.
The Christian faith stands on Christ’s example of denying self in the interests of others. We, as His followers, enter into that calling of service. If we serve God and others, we will spend less time in a futile attempt to please ourselves with the vanities of this world.

2. Serving takes our eyes off of our problems.
We spend our waking hours in a vain attempt to rid our lives of problems, but problems will persist until Jesus returns. When most people arise each day, they think about all the problems they face. “How will I conquer this problem or that?” In serving others, we take our eyes off of our problems. When we look after the interests of others, God will look after ours (Matthew 6:33).

3. Serving gives us purpose in life.
As Christians, God gives us things to do right up to the end. Even those with severe infirmities can pray for others and speak words of encouragement to them. We never have to join the world’s quest for a meaningful life because God provided us with a purpose for living.

Consider the following verse as you ask God to empower you to serve Him and others:

“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” (Philippians 2:3-4).

“For you were called to freedom, brothers. Only do not use your freedom as an opportunity for the flesh, but through love serve one another” (Galatians 5:13).

“The greatest among you shall be your servant” (Matthew 23:11).

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