What Fuels Our Service?

“Beloved, let us love one another, for love is from God, and whoever loves has been born of God and knows God. Anyone who does not love does not know God, because God is love” (1 John 4:7-8).

Some of our readers will recognize these verses from a song put out many years ago. It had a catchy tune, but even a more catchy meaning: We need to love one another, even when the object of our love does not merit it. Some people, unfortunately, are just not lovable (more about this tomorrow).

Loving and serving others cannot be accomplished without a supernatural work in our lives. The theme of love dominates passages where service is emphasized. Let’s look at a key verse:

“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).

Most people will perform some kind of service to those they love, like a relative or friend. But most will not venture beyond that. Jesus commands us to serve everyone, but He also knows the reluctance of human nature to serve others. But since love comes from God, He fills our hearts with love, a supernatural love, enabling us to love others and serve them.

God Himself provided the supreme example by giving His own Son to die for His enemies:

“But God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us” (Romans 5:8).

No one deserves our love, and we do not deserve God’s love. But we should not base our service on merit, but on need. Few would merit the service of another and no one merits God’s love. But God loves us even in our sinful condition. We should, therefore, love others by serving them.

Application

1. Ask God to fill you with love for other people.
If you find it difficult to love them, admit that to God and ask Him to increase your love for others.

2. Serve others as an act of worship.

If we can follow this rule, we will not ask ourselves the question, “Is this person worthy of my service to them?” We will serve them because we love God, and as an act of worship to God.

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