“Not lagging in diligence, fervent in spirit, serving the Lord.” Romans 12:11
The opportunity to serve the Lord is an honor that God has given to His people. The idea of “serving” God is not something that we only do inside our church rather this is something that we must do wherever God has placed us; our workplace, our family or community, Matthew 25:31-45. There are seven reasons why we must serve God.
First, serving is the fruit of salvation, Ephesians 2:8-10. We have been saved solely because of God’s amazing grace. Serving God is the sign of our thanksgiving to His amazing grace.
Second, serving is a commandment of God, Matthew 25:14-40. Referring to the parable of the talents, talent in this sense speaks of our ability and is a spiritual gift that God has entrusted us so that we can present that gift to Him as a form of our worship. The word of God also reiterated that when we meet Him we will be held accountable for the talents in which we are expected to multiply during our lifetime.
Third, to serve is also a responsibility for all believers, Luke 17:10. It is the duty and responsibility of all believers to serve our Lord who has set an example of the essence of serving. Serving is a sacrificial act, this means that you have to sacrifice and prioritize others. Has Jesus himself not gone ahead to serve us who are sinners, even to the point of sacrificing His life for us?
The fourth reason, to serve is eternal, Revelation 7:15. If there is one thing that we can still do while we are still living on this earth until we are in heaven is that we need to serve God. On earth, we only serve the personal God and His kingdom, but in heaven, we will serve Him in eternity.
Fifth reason, by serving we become a channel of blessings for the body of Christ, Romans 12:4-8. Serving resembles a fruit that is produced through each one of our lives which in turn will be enjoyed by others around us. Ultimately, God’s name will be glorified.
The sixth reason, by serving we have the opportunity to take part in God’s glory, Matthew 25:23. There is a great glory that awaits those who continue to fervently serve Him. When we serve, we will see God’s power and glory manifest in our lives.
The seventh reason, serving brings blessings and great rewards for all believers, 1 Corinthians 15:58. When we are faithful in serving the Lord, there are blessings and rewards, including a heavenly crown that we will receive. Every form of ministry is like a seed that is sown in God’s field and someday we will reap this harvest. That reward is not something that we will receive in the future, but now in this lifetime, Luke 18:28-30. Amen and may God bless you.
Source: Article from GBI Gatot Subroto, Jakarta