How Do you Serve?

Everything we do should be done as if we were doing it for the Lord. Would that change the way you serve?

Ephesians 6:5-9

Slaves, obey your earthly masters with respect and fear, and with sincerity of heart, just as you would obey Christ. Obey them not only to win their favor when their eye is on you, but as slaves of Christ, doing the will of God from your heart.Serve wholeheartedly, as if you were serving the Lord, not people, because you know that the Lord will reward each one for whatever good they do, whether they are slave or free.

And masters, treat your slaves in the same way. Do not threaten them, since you know that he who is both their Master and yours is in heaven, and there is no favoritism with him.

Regardless of who we are serving or what we are doing, we should serve wholeheartedly. There are authority structures in place where we have to submit and serve others. Paul is not condoning the system of slavery in this passage, but rather speaking to the need for believers to submit to authority structures. We all have to submit to someone, whether it be a parent, a spouse, a boss, etc. and when we do we are to serve with the right attitude.

It is hard for us to serve with a positive attitude when we don’t like the person we are serving or if we don’t like what we being asked to do. However, how we serve makes a difference to the Lord. As believers we are called to a high standard of attitude and action. We are to do everything as if we were doing it for the Lord. We don’t have to do it in our own strength, we can do it through the empowerment and guidance of the Holy Spirit dwelling within us.

Think back over your week, what did your service look like? Did you serve with the right attitude? Were your actions and efforts in line with someone who is serving wholeheartedly? Would you have made adjustments to your attitude, words, actions or effort if, instead of serving people, you realized you were serving Christ?

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16 thoughts on “How Do you Serve?

  1. Shelly, another great post that challenges me to work in the spirit and not my complaining flesh! It’s so easy for me to forget, even though i know the spirit is the only way that works! lol. 🙂

    • Steve, thanks! It is so easy for us to complain, especially if someone else is complaining – it can be very contagious. We all struggle with striving in our own strength but find peace and rest when we allow Him to work in and through us. Be blessed!

  2. It is easy to serve those in our little Christian circles, the people we like and know they like us. And why that is necessary and we shoudl always bolster each other in the faith, it is easy to become inclusive and still think we are doing all we need to do in serving God.
    Thanks for this reminder that God calls us out into the world to be his servers so we can bring others to the table of the wedding feast of the Lamb.

    • Julie, you are so right – it is easier for us to serve within our Christian community. However, we can follow the example of Christ who served all those He encountered. Hope you have a great weekend!

  3. I second what you said. If we were to serve people because of them, then nobody deserves to be helped. It’s all because of God and for him. He created us with purpose and pat of this purpose is to build up the world and help others. Besides, we’ll need help one day and that’s for sure, so we should give in order to take, otherwise, it won’t work out and we’ll end up helpless.

    Lovely post, have a good day. 🙂

    • Bur911, thanks for your encouragement. If we as believers don’t serve others the way Christ would have us serve, than who will? Hope you have a great weekend!

  4. Another great post! I’m not always good at serving without some complaining either. But I get better and better at it everytime I manage to get a smile from someone unclined to give one. Blessings, Natalie

    • Natalie, thanks for the encouraging words. It is certainly easier to serve when we can see the impact we are having on someone else. Be blessed!

  5. Great post. It is always about serving. We need to remember that everything we do is for God. Thank you for keeping us on track. Blessings,

  6. Reblogged this on Eccentric Light and commented:
    That in all things, God may be glorified.

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    Reblogged this on whitefeather & Family Sweet Soap's and commented:
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