Instead, whoever wants to become great among you must be your servant, and whoever wants to be first must be slave of all. For even the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.
–Mark 10:43-45 NIV
21 Days of Prayer and Fasting
The Church: Serving the Church
The definition of “serve” is simply to be of use; to be a servant. Jesus was always serving. He healed the blind, made the lame man walk, resurrected the dead, washed the disciples’ feet, and fed five thousand people. Mark 10:45 (NIV) says, “For even the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.”
The apostle Paul tells us that if we have the gift of serving, then serve (Romans 12:7). Let us serve with joy; let us serve with love; let us serve with diligence; let us serve in its entirety. Let us do everything as if we are doing it for the Lord Jesus Christ—this is pleasing and acceptable to our Father.
We make all sorts of rational explanations for not serving, don’t we? I don’t have time. I don’t know what I would do. I don’t have any special skills to contribute. They don’t need me.
But the reality is the Lord doesn’t call the equipped; He equips the called. God used men and women with similar doubts to change the course of history. Moses didn’t think he was a leader, but God worked through Moses to bring Israel out of slavery. David was the youngest of all his brothers, but God worked through David to defeat a giant. Paul used to kill Christians before he met Jesus, but he went on to become one of the most highly-regarded and church planters in history.
We are all equipped with a different set of gifts. “Each of you should use whatever gift you have received to serve others, as faithful stewards of God’s grace in its various forms” (1 Peter 4:10 NIV). God doesn’t just want to work in you, He wants to work through you.
Pray the Holy Spirit to raise up servant-hearted leaders in the church.
Ask God what part you can play in service to the local Church.