What Servants Understand
I love what pastor Warren Wiersbe wrote about serving: “Serving God is a wonderful thing if we understand what it is and how God does it through us. Ministering for Jesus Christ can be as uplifting and exciting as hang gliding, or it can be as burdensome and boring as repeatedly rolling the same rock up the mountain as Sisyphus did in the Greek myth. No matter how difficult the work or how many times we feel like quitting, we can keep going and growing if we minister the way God tells us to in His Word.”
Servants are well aware of what God says about serving. They understand:
· Church isn’t just a place to receive—it’s a place to give and to serve others.
· Church isn’t cruise ship—it’s a working vessel.
· Church is a place to discover, develop and deploy their gifts and talents to serve others.
· Church is a place where everyone has the opportunity to serve no matter how “small” their gifting might appear.
· Church is a place to be a responsible contributor to what God is doing.
· Serving in the church is a nonnegotiable essential of a Christian’s life.
· Only the things we do for the Kingdom of God have any eternal value or reward.
· Serving others is the only appropriate response to Jesus’ touching their lives.
Servants respond to people’s needs, not out of a sense of obligation or duty, but out of a sense of sharing what Jesus has done in their lives. They find where God is working; deploy their gifts, and they respond.
Mark 1:30,31 captures this idea. He writes, “But Simon’s wife’s mother lay sick with a fever, and they told Him about her at once. So He came and took her by the hand and lifted her up, and immediately the fever left her. And she served them.”
Here we have Peter’s mother-in-law sick in bed. Jesus heals her and what does she do? She serves them. When Jesus touches our life, our only response needs to be serving others. Quoting Warren Wiersbe again, “Isn’t service to our Lord one of the best ways to thank Him for all He’s done for us?”
Steve Arterburn helps us conclude these thoughts. He wrote, “Are people serving others out of love for God? Even though it is faith that saves us, it is service to others that fulfills us.”
Do you want to be fulfilled in your Christian life? Serve others. Are you grateful for what Jesus has done in your life? Serve others. Do you want to be a part of what God is doing? Serve others.
A faithful Christian life comes in service to others.
 Warren Wiersbe, On Being a Servant of God, (Grand Rapids, Baker Books, a division of Baker Publishing Group, 1993, 2007), 11
 Warren Wiersbe, Be Diligent (Mark): Serving Others as You Walk with the Master, (Colorado Springs, David C. Cook, 1987), 26
 Stephen Arterburn, The God of Second Chances: Experiencing His Grace for the Best of Your Life, (Nashville, Thomas Nelson, Inc., 2002), eBook edition