Striving to Serve

by Michael Cisler – Pastor, North Kent Bible Church

I have found recently that no matter how busy we find ourselves at our house we still have time for entertainment like watching television, playing Candy Crush, or spending time on social media.

One of the results of being a follower of Jesus is an involvement in service. If Jesus is our example for life then we ought to strive to serve. Jesus said of himself in Matthew 20:28, “Just as the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.” That service looks different for each one of us as we each have different skill sets and different callings to ministry. Peter says in I Peter 4:10, “Each one should use whatever gift he has received to serve others, faithfully administering God’s grace in its various forms.” So our responsibility is not to serve or minister in the exact same way as someone else, but rather that we would serve in the areas in which God has gifted us and called us. This service should also be with our full effort and sacrifice. Paul says in Colossians 3:23, “Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for men”.

We need to have proper boundaries within our lives as we consider keeping a margin of time, resources, and energy. The Bible is also very clear on our responsibility to serve and minister to our family first and foremost. I wonder though, how much more we actually have to give. How much time do we spend on entertainment or social media that could be spent instead on serving and ministering to others? I encourage you to consider how much of a blessing you could be to others by transitioning some of your time to purposeful service to others.