If Serving then Serve

If it is serving, then serve;

Romans 12:7 (NIV)

Serving is a gift that often goes unnoticed but plays a crucial role in the body of Christ. This gift, given by God’s grace, enables us to meet the practical needs of others, reflecting the love of Christ in tangible ways. As we delve into Romans 12:7, let’s consider how we can embrace the gift of serving and use it to glorify God and build up our church community.

Serving is more than just performing tasks or fulfilling obligations. It is an act of love and humility, a way of showing others the heart of Jesus through our actions. Those with the gift of serving have a unique ability to see needs and respond to them with joy and dedication. They often work behind the scenes, ensuring that everything runs smoothly and that others are cared for.

Consider the story of Martha in Luke 10:38-42. While her sister Mary sat at Jesus’ feet, Martha was busy with all the preparations that had to be made. Though often highlighted for her distraction, Martha’s heart for service was genuine. She wanted to provide for Jesus and His disciples. Another example is in Acts 9:36-42, where we read about Tabitha (also known as Dorcas). She was always doing good and helping the poor, making clothing for widows and those in need. Her service was so impactful that when she passed away, the community grieved deeply, and she was miraculously brought back to life by Peter’s prayer.

Jesus Himself is the ultimate example of a servant. In John 13:1-17, He washes His disciples’ feet, a task typically reserved for the lowest servant in the household. Through this act, Jesus demonstrates true leadership and greatness in the Kingdom of God through serving others. He teaches us that no act of service is too small or insignificant.

Reflecting on Romans 12:7, let us consider what serving means. It is a call to action, a directive to use our hands, feet, and hearts to minister to others. Serving requires humility, as we put the needs of others above our own. It also requires a willing heart and the ability to act whenever and wherever needed.

Prominent 19th-century American evangelist and publisher D.L. Moody said, “The measure of a man is not how many servants he has, but how many men he serves.” This quote reminds us that true greatness, in God’s eyes, is measured by our willingness to serve others selflessly.

How can we develop a heart of service like Jesus? What practical steps can we take to be more aware of the needs around us and respond with love and compassion?

Godseekers, our church, and our community provide countless opportunities to serve. Whether it’s preparing meals for the hungry, visiting the sick and elderly, teaching Sunday school, or setting up worship services, there are many ways to use the gift of serving. The key is to serve with joy, knowing that through our actions, we glorify God and make His love known to others.


Heavenly Father, thank You for the gift of serving and the opportunities You give us to reflect Your love through our actions. Help us develop hearts of humility and compassion, always ready to serve others joyfully. May we follow Jesus’ example and serve faithfully in our church and community, bringing glory to Your name. In Jesus’ name, we pray. Amen.

Personal Reflection

  1. How does knowing your gifts are given by God’s grace change the way you think about using them?
  2. How can you use your gifts to serve others and show God’s love this week?

Step of Faith

Identify one area in your church or community where you can serve this week. Commit to it with a willing heart and see how God uses your service to bless others. Share your experience with a friend or mentor and ask for their encouragement and guidance.

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