I believe the core theme of the New Testament is indeed SERVING GOD and OTHERS. The Gospels are about Jesus' life; a life of service. "For the Son of Man came not to be served but to SERVE OTHERS and give His life as a ransom for many." Mark 10: 45 Then the rest of the New Testament is about the disciples living a life of SERVICE to Christ & all mankind.
Now the funny thing about serving is that if you really look into the scripture you will see that this is not an optional lifestyle choice, but rather that we are ALL called, commanded if you will, to serve God and others. We are called to lay down our lives, as Christ laid down His, for the good of others.
Here are some basic reasons to serve others, biblical principles to live by.
1. It's an act of obedience. Jesus came and lived a life of complete selflessness, for the glory of God and for the good and salvation of mankind. He cared for others on every occasion presented to Him. He loved those who were hard to love. He had compassion. He had mercy. He was humble. Even the Son of God! was humble. He washed dirty mens' feet. And He died for the sins of ALL MEN WHO WOULD BELIEVE IN HIM!
2. It cares for others & points them to truth. Caring for others, helping someone in need, makes them feel good and supported in life. Jesus knew this simple truth because he was a human with the same feelings and needs. Therefore we, being human, know what its like to be helped or cared for. By helping someone in need we are extending an act of love and making someone else's life easier and more joyful in their moment of need. That's a good enough reason for me to serve others.
3. It fulfills us & leaves us with a greatest sense of purpose. This is the hidden reason God calls us to serve one another and to serve Him. Most people choose not to serve because of the extra work it requires of them or because of the inconvenience to their schedule, but what they may not know is that there is as much benefit for the one who does the serving as there is for the one receiving. On no occasion have I done something for someone else and regretted it. Almost always I receive encouragement BACK FROM the person I served, I receive praise and thanks from them, and I receive a feeling of fulfillment and accomplishment and joy from God's peace in my heart. It's usually an internal reward, but that is the most satisfying in a life that can so often cause inner turmoil.
Serving benefits all involved. Serving nurtures our soul as much as the other. Serving brings joy to God who then looks down on us with gladness. Serving, you learn more about God, more about people and how HE cares for people, and more about yourself. Serving is our calling in life; it's what we were made for and it's what will bring the greatest joy to our life.
So the challenge to you is this; what opportunity do you have to serve others and serve God? how is God calling you to serve? how can you impact the world around you? what are you doing with your life for the benefit of God, others, and yourself all put together? Maybe you don't know how to serve God or that He has designed you for a very specific purpose. Journey with us at Elevation Chapel to find out more about how God has made you and how he desires to use you.