Dictionary result for serve
- 1.perform duties or services for (another person or an organization).
Dictionary result for serve
Middle English: from Old French servir, from Latin servire, from servus ‘slave’.
Essentially, to serve means to be a slave onto others. For most this is a big challenge for our pride and egos but, let us not forget the greatest leader was Jesus and he gave his time and resources to those that met him for the purpose of the Gospel.
The greatest servant is the greatest master. But by being a “slave” you must have someone whom you are following and that person is not a man but it is God.
Matthew 22:37-40 New King James Version (NKJV)
37 Jesus said to him, “‘You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind.’ 38 This is the first and great commandment.39 And the second is like it: ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’ 40 On these two commandments hang all the Law and the Prophets.”
This commandment was so important that it was repeated in Mark 12:30-31 and Luke 10:27.
Love is the drive when serving God and also others. It is the love that we get from God that will overflow onto others. A love that was freely given to us should be freely given to others. Especially those that hate you.
Luke 6:27-36 New International Version (NIV)
Love for Enemies
27 “But to you who are listening I say: Love your enemies, do good to those who hate you, 28 bless those who curse you, pray for those who mistreat you. 29 If someone slaps you on one cheek, turn to them the other also. If someone takes your coat, do not withhold your shirt from them. 30 Give to everyone who asks you, and if anyone takes what belongs to you, do not demand it back. 31 Do to others as you would have them do to you.
32 “If you love those who love you, what credit is that to you? Even sinners love those who love them. 33 And if you do good to those who are good to you, what credit is that to you? Even sinners do that. 34 And if you lend to those from whom you expect repayment, what credit is that to you? Even sinners lend to sinners, expecting to be repaid in full. 35 But love your enemies, do good to them, and lend to them without expecting to get anything back. Then your reward will be great, and you will be children of the Most High, because he is kind to the ungrateful and wicked. 36 Be merciful, just as your Father is merciful.
Love is the power that drives our duty as servants, and this is shown where we put most of our efforts to.
I remember when I was a waitress for a football club and the things people would do to get tips was crazy. You could see that it was making them uncomfortable but we swallowed our pride and egos for extra money. I remember kissing one of the members on the cheek for £30 or so. Although looking back it was stupid, I realised that then, money was the master. For some of us, it’s money for others it could be anything.
But what is important is for us to look within ourselves and ask one question Who am I a slave to?
And what Idol have I placed above God? Once we begin to do that and with the help of the Holy Spirit, we will begin to value God more and more as we guard our hearts from all idols
I’ll end this teaching with something I read in today’s devotion
It spoke about the importance of Agape love and why we should show it to everyone
We need to remember that we are ambassadors of the heart of God—in the church first, and secondary to the world. We are the Lord’s representatives—witnesses that Christ gave Himself on the cross to redeem each and every person we meet. And our love for one another is to be a sign to the world that we truly are of another spirit!
Taken from a devotion called ‘The Joy of Serving Others’
And all of this is only possible if you abide in God
“we are to love others—to extend grace and mercy—even when they are our enemies. It’s a command of God and something that God will enable us to do if we open our hearts to Him and abide in Him.”
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