Service

By Reverend Dolapo Olunuga

Bible Text: For the gifts and calling of the Lord are irrevocable.” Romans 11:29

The benefit of serving God by serving people far outweighs the cost of serving

We have many reasons for why we need to put others first

Serving should be a part of our DNA as Christians

God doesn’t call the equipped, he equips the called.

Don’t think that you have to be at a certain level or status in order to serve

Romans 11:29 – “For the gifts and calling of the Lord are irrevocable.”

Numbers 23:19 – “God is not a man that He should lie…” He does not go back on His word.

Barriers to serving God by serving people –

1) procrastination and waiting for the perfect time,

(Isaiah 28:10 – “For precept must be upon precept… line upon line…”,

2) thinking we don’t have anything to offer, even a word of encouragement by us can make the difference

3) excuses, we find ways to exclude ourselves from serving

4) thinking we are not needed, not realizing that the little we can do, can have a huge impact and a life-changing effect

5) thinking we can’t make a difference

Exodus 3:1-14/Exodus 4:1-14 – Moses gave many excuses to the Lord before being sent to Egypt.

Luke 14:16-24 – This parable is bigger than a banquet. This is the kingdom of God and how we are to walk in service

Benefits of serving God by serving people:

Serving helps us to be more like Jesus (Matthew 25:40), serving shifts our focus to other people

You are gaining, even through giving back. As you serve, you are bettering/improving yourself, honing your gifts, etc.

Service honors God

Service blesses the person you are serving, treat people well through your service, it brings encouragement to them

Service brings joy and peace to all those involved. (1 Peter 1:8)

Serving allows us to experience God’s presence in a new way. (Mark 10:45)

Serving is good for the soul. When you help someone, it comes back around to you

– “Let this mind be in you which was also in Christ Jesus”.

Even Jesus did not hold His authority over God.

John 1:5 – Jesus was there from the beginning with God but still had a mindset of servanthood.

Numbers 14:24 – Caleb also had the same mindset.

The Mindset of a Servant

Forget yourself, empty yourself, go out of your way to help others

Stewardship and not ownership, James 1:17 – “Every good and perfect gift is from above. Do not withhold God’s resources. Lift somebody else up, be a blessing. People tend to be sensitive when it comes to money. Money represents your time, strength, talents, and resources

Competition, 2 Corinthians 10:12, don’t compare yourself with your neighbor. Our standard is Christ.

Luke 10:41-42 41 And Jesus answered and said to her, “Martha, Martha, you are worried and troubled about many things. But one thing is needed, and Mary has chosen that good part, which will not be taken away from her.”

Identity in Christ, only secure people can serve Christ. If you lose earthly things: money, a job, titles, etc., You Are still secure in Christ. If you don’t settle your identity, you will never be able to serve wholeheartedly.

1 Samuel 13:6, our identity is in Christ, you don’t have to prove yourself and you are free to serve

1 Peter 2:9, “You Are a Chosen Generation, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, His own special people

Exodus 19:6, God has selected and elected us, “a kingdom of priests and a holy nation”

A real servant sees service as an opportunity and not an obligation. When it’s an obligation, you only look at the bottom line and what is in it for you.

Real ministry and service look for ways to transform lives.

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