Serving Others

I’m sure you’ve asked this question before. Why do I have to take out the trash? Why do I have to wash dishes? Why should I serve others? The question nags.

Well, let’s start from the beginning. What do we know from the Bible about works? We know we need to follow The Ten Commandments and follow Jesus’s example. Jesus is the greatest servant to have ever lived. He came down from his mighty throne up in heaven to serve us, who constantly keep falling away from Him. You’d think the powerful God who created everything and who is and will always be; would come to be served, right? But no. He came down to suffer and die for us so we would have a way to be saved.

“For even the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give His life a ransom for many” (Mark 10:45)

“Woah,” you say. “If we’re supposed to be following Jesus’s example, we’re supposed to follow to that extent?”

Yes, we are supposed to deny ourselves and give up our lives for His service. All our habits and ways of life. All our belongings and assets. Everything.

Matthew 16:24-25: “Then Jesus told His disciples, ‘If anyone would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross and follow me. For whoever would save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for my sake will find it.'”

“Eh, this seems a bit tedious. I don’t think I’m ready to give up my WHOLE life.” You reply.

Well, I would. You know why?

One, Because it’s an amazing opportunity for God to use me in His ultimate plan that Paul talks about in Ephesians 1:10:

“..a long-range plan in which everything would be brought together and summed up in him, everything in deepest heaven, everything on planet earth.”

A plan that is playing out around me whether I want to be in it or not. Because, let’s face it. God controls all. His plan is inevitable, unavoidable, and beyond escape. So I can either sit around doing nothing, or I can be a part of this amazing plan and let him use me in whatever way he wants to.

And two, because what we’ve accepted through salvation is eternal life in God’s presence.

Eternal Life. Think about that for a moment. If your life were a car, you’d never run out of petrol. You could just keep driving forever, and you wouldn’t need to be serviced or stopped for any reason. That and in the presence of the most awesome, powerful, magnificent and loving God. I couldn’t ask for more.

So why should I give up my life and serve? What life did I have? A pointless one? Even if I do sacrifice my life, you might remember the verse above: “…but whoever loses his life for my sake will find it.” I’ll go straight to be with God. Forever. I’m sure you’ve asked this question before. Why do I have to take out the trash? Why do I have to wash dishes? Why should I serve others? The question nags.

Well, let’s start from the beginning. What do we know from the Bible about works? We know we need to follow The Ten Commandments and follow Jesus’s example. Jesus is the greatest servant to have ever lived. He came down from his mighty throne up in heaven to serve us, who constantly keep falling away from Him. You’d think the powerful God who created everything and who is and will always be; would come to be served, right? But no. He came down to suffer and die for us so we would have a way to be saved.

“For even the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give His life a ransom for many” (Mark 10:45)

“Woah,” you say. “If we’re supposed to be following Jesus’s example, we’re supposed to follow to that extent?”

Yes, we are supposed to deny ourselves and give up our lives for His service. All our habits and ways of life. All our belongings and assets. Everything.

Matthew 16:24-25: “Then Jesus told His disciples, ‘If anyone would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross and follow me. For whoever would save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for my sake will find it.'”

“Eh, this seems a bit tedious. I don’t think I’m ready to give up my WHOLE life.” You reply.

Well, I would. You know why?

One, Because it’s an amazing opportunity for God to use me in His ultimate plan that Paul talks about in Ephesians 1:10:

“..a long-range plan in which everything would be brought together and summed up in him, everything in deepest heaven, everything on planet earth.”

A plan that is playing out around me whether I want to be in it or not. Because, let’s face it. God controls all. His plan is inevitable, unavoidable, and beyond escape. So I can either sit around doing nothing, or I can be a part of this amazing plan and let him use me in whatever way he wants to.

And two, because what we’ve accepted through salvation is eternal life in God’s presence.

Eternal Life. Think about that for a moment. If your life were a car, you’d never run out of petrol. You could just keep driving forever, and you wouldn’t need to be serviced or stopped for any reason. That and in the presence of the most awesome, powerful, magnificent and loving God. I couldn’t ask for more.

So why should I give up my life and serve? What life did I have? A pointless one? Even if I do sacrifice my life, you might remember the verse above:

“…but whoever loses his life for my sake will find it.”

 I’ll go straight to be with God. Forever.

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