Just recently we have been looking at different ways to honour God. We started by looking at how we can honour God at work, then we looked at the issue of money and then spent a couple of weeks looking at how we can honour Him with our bodies.
This week, I am going to look at how we can honour Him with our service to Him.
It’s important to note first of all that God doesn’t need our service. He is infinite, all powerful, all knowing. He lacks nothing, so there is nothing that we can give to Him that He needs.
nor is he served by human hands, as though he needed anything, since he himself gives to all mankind life and breath and everything. (Acts 17:25)
He is also all loving and part of that love is allowing us to be fulfilled by serving Him. That may sound a bit strange, but God made us, He knows us better than we know ourselves and so He knows what fulfills and completes us and ultimately satisfies us.
For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them. (Ephesians 2:10)
He designed works and service so that we could feel worth and acceptance. You know how satisfied you feel when you complete something or do a good job.
God himself, in the form of Jesus, led the way in demonstrating what service and self-sacrifice was like;
For even the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many. (Mark 10:45)
We reflect God when we consider others and serve them. In fact when we are serving others the bible says that we are serving God anyway.
And the King will answer them, ‘Truly, I say to you, as you did it to one of the least of these my brothers, you did it to me.’ (Matthew 25:40)
I’m going to finish this blog with a few practicalities and thoughts about how we can honour God through our service:
- Ask God to reveal to you what He wants you to do and then expect Him to speak to you through; His word, other people, church leadership and any number of other ways.
- Once you know what He wants you to do, make yourself available and free up time to do it.
- Be aware of your natural abilities. God has given you natural gifts in order for you to serve Him through them. As the Ephesians 2 verse suggests, He has created us with specific gifts and talents we can use to serve Him. You are unique, only you can fulfill the role that God has given you to complete.
- Encourage others in their gifts and help others to see that they are making a contribution. So many people feel what they are offering is insignificant. You can change their whole outlook with an encouraging word. Therefore encourage one another and build one another up, just as you are doing. (1 Thessalonians 5:11)
- Be humble. It’s not all about you and your ministry. It’s all about God and His glory. Try to do as much as you can in secret!
- Be faithful. It often starts with the small things, be consistent and persistent. Keep going even when nobody seems to notice (see previous point) One who is faithful in a very little is also faithful in much, and one who is dishonest in a very little is also dishonest in much. (Luke 16:10)
None of your service will be wasted. It has eternal significance. Let me encourage you to keep going.