The Gift of Serving

Serving has been given a bad rap. If you are called servants, it means you earn minimum wage, you’re first to get laid off, you’re the lowest part of the food chain and you’re not that talented. In the Kingdom of God, however, serving others is given the highest place of all.

“And there arose also a dispute among them as to which one of them was regarded to be greatest. And He said to them, ‘The kings of the Gentiles lord it over them; and those who have authority over them are called ‘Benefactors.’ But it is not this way with you, but the one who is the greatest among you must become the youngest, and the leader like the servant’” (Luke 22:24-26).

Only the greatest understand what a gift it is to be able to serve. We need to define the heart of serving and the heart that God wants us to sustain in understanding what a gift it is to serve.

How do we develop the heart of a servant and what are the stages?

Stage One: Start Where You Are

This means to start at your job to learn to be a servant. Serve in such a way that you’re serving the Lord.

“Whatever you do, do your work heartily, as for the Lord rather than for men, knowing that from the Lord you will receive the reward of the inheritance. It is the Lord Christ whom you serve” (Col. 3:23-24).

The Lord is your employer. When we get a job, we should be saying, “This is a privilege, being able to work, because it could be that I couldn’t work, but I am.” Seeing it as a gift is so important. God is saying, “Whatever you do, do it as unto the Lord.”

Whatever you do, whether it is in the work place, in ministry and at a job, develop and express the heart of a servant. For this season, God has given us our jobs. He didn’t have to, but He gave us a job and we get to see it as a gift. Whatever we do, do it with all our hearts. It is such a delight to be around those who lovingly, gladly, do what they are called to do.

Stage Two: Hidden Service

How do I keep my heart clean for service? It is by hidden service: giving help with no strings attached to someone who, in no way, can repay or give any reciprocal service. It is when you get zero recognition and it is just for the joy of serving Christ.

Stage Three: Extended Serving with a Joyful and Glad Heart

This is serving where you have to extend yourselves. You have to plan and take a day and serve. The only way we grow as servants is when we extend our capacity.

Missions are so good because they extend your heart beyond your own reach a community. If you expand your heart for something more than a stretch and a reach, it’s a cakewalk. God is saying as we extend our hearts to the South Pacific, to Asia, to the Philippines and to the Pacific Rim, it’s the best thing we can do for Hawaii because it makes Hawaii not a big deal to reach.

“Because you did not serve the Lord your God with joy and a glad heart, for the abundance of all things; therefore you shall serve your enemies …” (Deut. 28:47-48).

God is saying, “I don’t want you just to serve Me; I want you to serve Me with a joyful heart and with compassion for the people you are serving.” The goal is compassion.

“But go and learn what this means: ‘I desire compassion and not sacrifice,’ for I did not come to call the righteous, but sinners” (Matt. 9:13).

God says the best way to serve is through compassion. When we are able to serve with compassion, that is a preface to miracles. It diminishes us and the Father shows up. That is a gift.

We have been given so much. What are we going to do with it? The Bible says with food and clothing therewith we are to be content. We have food and clothing, but He has given us so much more. This privilege comes with an assignment. It is a gift to be able to serve because we could have very little and be on the poverty list and not be able to give anything away, but the fact that we do have the ability to serve is wonderful.

God is asking us to enlarge our hearts. He has given us much. The fact that He has given us much comes with an unwritten assignment that maybe He has chosen us to be servants. The fact that we are able to serve helps us realize what a gift it is to serve.

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