So I got to be honest with you . . . my initial desire to do a post on serving came from a place of frustration. I had a situation where someone had communicated a desire to “serve me,” only to later learn that “serving me” was just a means to another end.
I guess a part of me processing my disappointment involved getting on S&D to tell all you youngsters about your duty to serve those ahead of you—that is, if you ever want to see your hopes and dreams fulfilled. I know . . . how stupid and self-centered! Thankfully, God got my attention, and now this post might actually be of some use.
A simple Google search of “what did Jesus say about serving” quickly led me to the realization that I was the one who had things all wrong. I was allowing my warped view of serving to dictate my life and, in truth, my acts of service were directed toward Man, not God. My next move was to ask God for signs (or indicators) that would help me realize when I was serving Man instead of Him.
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The first sign is a constant need for approval from others. My joy in the day to day was entirely dependent on others recognizing the value of what I was doing and who I am as a person. But God alone should hold this place in our lives. Hebrews 12:2 states: “We look away from the natural realm and we fasten our gaze onto Jesus who birthed faith within us and who leads us forward into faith’s perfection” (TPT). Godly serving is fueled by faith, not by sight. It is driven by the approval of the Unseen, rather than those you can see.
The second sign is you are too ambitious to submit. Who had more potential on their life than Jesus? Yet He chose to submit to God’s design for Him, rather than getting caught up in the hopes and plans of those around Him. His people constantly wanted Him to storm the castle and set up a new kingdom. But Jesus’s aim was to do the will of His father. That’s why He could dismiss His disciples’ misguided ambitions. We see this in Mark 10:44 when James and John are jockeying for positions of power. Jesus tells them, “The path to promotion and prominence comes by having the heart of a bond-slave who serves everyone” (TPT). That’s certainly a countercultural form of ambition . . .
The third sign is you find yourself believing that God has forgotten about you. Watching other people run down the path of fulfilling their dreams was assurance that I was missing out. But here’s the truth: in the kingdom of God, we don’t share a pie—where if someone else gets a piece, it is taking away from our potential. As Sons and Daughters of the Most High WE ALL GET OUR OWN PIE!
“For God, the Faithful One, is not unfair. How can he forget the work you have done for him? He remembers the love you demonstrate as you continually serve his beloved ones for the glory of his name.” (Hebrews 6:10 TPT)
Serving God is not limited to a season or opportunity. This holy servanthood is a lifelong pursuit. We are all either serving God or Man. Friends, let’s break free from our selfie culture and view our lives as a gift to be poured out for others. In this place of genuine service, our talents, efforts, energy, and expertise will find new form and meaning.
I would love to hear from you about ways you keep your heart poised to serve God rather than Man.