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8 “Those who cling to worthless idols turn away from God’s love for them. 9 But I, with shouts of grateful praise, will sacrifice to you. Job 2: 8-9 NIV
As the body without the spirit is dead, so faith without deeds is dead. James 2:26 NIV
We should serve God out of hearts of love and gratitude. When we think of all God has done for us, it should inspire what Jonah called a ‘grateful praise’. God loves when we sing songs of praise to Him. But what if we took our praise a step further into action? What if we gave ‘grateful praise’ to God through our service to others? The Bible says faith without works is dead. I propose that praise without some outward expression of our gratitude is dead. Our songs must translate into practical action in the lives of others.
We were made to serve. Equipped to give of our talents, forming a cohesive unit – a Body that supplies the needs of each part, through service. Our spiritual leaders have been placed with us to prepare us for service. We were all made to serve. Not just ordained ministers. So that the Body of Christ may be built up. If it is that our acts of service build up the body, then I think it’s safe to say that our acts of selfishness and a lack of servitude tear the body down.
Service builds the body in 4 ways:
- Service brings unity in faith. As we serve out of hearts of love for God, it builds our faith and encourages others to do the same.
- Service brings unity in the knowledge of Jesus. If all our hearts are focused on serving each other as unto God, we forget our doctrinal differences and find common ground in service. We stop trying to prove who’s right and wrong. Our acts of service then become proof that we know Jesus. Service helps people put their guards down. To see that we in the Body share the common goal of lifting up Jesus and making Him known.
- Service brings about maturity. When we are intent on serving others for God’s glory, we don’t have time for offense, gossip or self-pity. Service takes a type of sacrifice that is sustained by a heart that is submitted to God. It takes maturity to be unselfish. To think of someone else’s needs or problems before our own. This is the character built by service. The Body then grows and becomes mature – less susceptible to the attacks of the enemy.
- Service enables us to access the fullness of Christ. To experience the whole measure of the fullness of Christ. It helps us get a glimpse of the Heart that was willing to bear the sins of humanity on a cross. Service brings us into complete fellowship with Jesus – the Servant King. Service makes us true disciples of Christ who leave the comforts of father and mother to pick up our cross and follow Him.
May we all as the Body of Christ live lives of service in grateful praise unto God. May our service be the song that draws communities, cities and nations to the feet of our Father.
Love & Blessings,