As Christians, we have been asked to build the church. Each one of us has been put into certain situations where our influence can be felt, but the method is the same for all of us—service. Service has endless benefits to the one serving and the one receiving the service, but today I want to talk about the two biggest blessings you will receive when you serve.
Service allows us to continue on the path of perfection
The most perfect example of service we have in this life is Jesus Christ. He selflessly and constantly served the people around him, no matter what. I don’t know about you, but I would definitely like to be perfected! By serving, you are opening your heart to the influence of God. Two of my favorite verses on how service allows us to be perfected are Hebrews 6:10 and Romans 12:1.
God is not unjust; he will not forget your work and the love you have shown him as you have helped his people and continue to help them. HEBREWS 6:10 NIV
Therefore, I urge you, brothers and sisters, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God—this is your true and proper worship.
ROMANS 12:1 NIV
When we serve, we can experience the peace obedience brings
Although we have been given commandments, we have also been given agency. Remember this scripture?
You, my brothers and sisters, were called to be free. But do not use your freedom to indulge the flesh ; rather, serve one another humbly in love.
GALATIANS 5:13 NIV
To me, this verse perfectly explains the peace that comes through obedience. We have been given agency, but when we use it to do good instead of bad, we can continue in our freedom. I hope that I, and you, can continue to choose the path of service so that we might all continue in love and peace.