Serving is a Gift

This week we will begin by looking at serving being a gift from God.

Ephesians 3:7

I became a servant of this gospel by the gift of God’s grace given me through the working of his power.

Paul considered himself a servant of the Lord and found his servanthood to be a gift. “He did not think of his service as a wearisome duty but as a radiant privilege.” It makes me wonder, what do we think of our service?

First of all, are you serving? We are all given gifts and talents by God to be used for His glory. Are you using your gifts and talents to serve the Lord? We are called to serve in our church and outside of our church community. Are you serving within your church? In order for our churches to be what Christ wants them to be, all the members must use their gifts and talents.

Sometimes we serve out of a sense of duty, but are we serving with joy? Do you consider your ability to serve a gift from God? If we take the attitude of Paul and consider our service to the Lord a gift, it might just change the attitude with which we serve. Paul goes on to say that the gift is given to him by the working of the Lord’s power. The same is true for us today. As believers, we have the Holy Spirit dwelling within us to empower us to do the things Christ calls us to do. We do not have to serve in our own power but through His power working in and through us.

Consider your service. If you are not serving in your church, pray and ask the Lord to show you where He would have you use the gifts and talents He has blessed you with and trust Him to empower you to serve. If you are serving, think about your attitude. Do you serve with joy? Are you a good ambassador of Christ when you serve? Do you consider your service a gift from the Lord?

  • Scripture references from http://www.biblegateway.com
  • Quote from “The Letters to the Galatians and Ephesians” from “The Daily Study Bible Series” by William Barclay, The Westminster Press, 1976.
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17 thoughts on “Serving is a Gift

    • Chaplain Miller, thanks! May we all view our ability to serve the Lord as a gift and serve with joy. Blessings!

  1. I serve as the Children’s Minister at our Church. It’s the most rewarding service for me. When I struggle with parents lacking a committment, I have to remind myself that not everyone enjoys serving. I guess with children’s ministry, you have to have a passion for kids. Thanks for this post. It was a great read for this Monday morning.

    • Stephanie, I have served in children’s and youth ministry and it is challenging when parents don’t seem committed to their children attending and growing in their faith. Thankfully God puts a passion for children and youth in the hearts of those who serve them. Blessings to you and your ministry!

  2. Great post Shelly. My thought on serving is that we need to be doing what we are gifted to do. So many times I saw people serving out of selfish desires to be “seen”. But when we are serving using the gifts and talents the LORD has given us to do what He wants us do, our service is not a burden and we do it humbly with only a desire to do it for the LORD. Thank you so much for your love and obedience to the LORD in sharing His Word.

    • Toni, you are right – serving should never be out of a desire to be seen but a desire to serve. It is all about our acknowledgment and understanding that everything we have and everything we are – all of our gifts and talents are only by the grace of God. Blessings!

  3. Yes! If we looked at serving as gift to be given instead of a burden given to us to do we may be better . Great post! God bless

    • Gwwministry, you are so right – our service should be seen as a gift. Then it becomes about the Lord empowering us to do what He calls us to do and not us striving to do things in our own strength. Be blessed today!

  4. Wonderful Shelly! Thanks for sharing this scripture. It has blessed me. Especially …serving with joy and considering my service as a privilege and not merely as a duty. I also love the latter part of the scripture … through the working of his power. Glory! This is awesome! The grace of God in my life works through the anointing of the Holy Spirit. Awesome! Thank you!

  5. Shelly,
    Thank you for your beautiful and insightful blog. Thank you for serving the way you do. This is another wonderful post. May we all serve well, and be a blessing to those we serve.

    • Julie, thanks so much for your inspiring words. I love being able to reach people and encourage them in the Lord. I enjoy your posts so much – they are a blessing!

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