Many times, if we were to ask the professed Christian if they serve God, they would say “yes.” If you were to ask them how, what would they say? Let’s see what the Bible means when it says serve.
Serve (John 12:23-26)
To regularly attend to anything that is for another’s interest and shows Christ.
1) Enabled Me
— To Strengthen, Empower
Paul was qualified, well trained in both secular and religious circles. Yet, he rested on the power of Christ to serve, not his own abilities.
1 Cor 2:4-5 (NIV)
My message and my preaching were not with wise and persuasive words, but with a demonstration of the Spirit’s power, so that your faith might not rest on human wisdom, but on God’s power.
2) Considered Me
You may be saying “I am not good enough as in worthy to serve.” Your FORGIVEN past does not disqualify you from the service of God. God knew what you would do and still called you.
3) Placed Me
— To Put, Place, Lay
“He caused me to be where my gift is needed.” – Minister Tina Taylor
You may be saying “I am not in the position to serve.” Know that every experience is to bring you into the service of Christ.
Pursue God and pursue His gifts within you. It is not for your benefit but for the benefit of others. Paul sums this up in 1 Tim 4:14-16 (ESV):
Do not neglect the gift you have, which was given you by prophecy when the council of elders laid their hands on you. Practice these things, immerse yourself in them, so that all may see your progress. Keep a close watch on yourself and on the teaching. Persist in this, for by so doing you will save both yourself and your hearers.