Giving yourself fully to Christ means serving others. No amount of money or even anyone can ever return the joy and sense of fulfillment in serving others. It makes your existence worthwhile having a cause bigger than yourself. But for some of us, why is it really hard to serve others?
Upon reading the bible, I found a single verse that can greatly help us in serving others. And here are the 3 keys:
Love must be sincere. Hate what is evil. Cling to what is good – Romans 12:9
1. Love must be sincere
As the saying goes, you can give without loving but you can never love without giving. If you are truly a follower of Christ, you will never get tired of serving others. Even if you don’t receive anything in return or there is something really huge at stake, you will still serve them simply because you love them and most of all, you love Christ. And since we have received the unfailing love coming from God, we can’t afford not to share it with others.
In serving others, we shouldn’t have a personal agenda. We shouldn’t worry about what we plan to gain since serving means putting others first. It must come from the heart. We will serve people not because we are required to do so but we will serve them because we truly love to do so. And our love for Christ compels us to do so.
2. Hate what is evil.
“Avoid every kind of evil” – 1 Thessalonians 5:22. We can’t serve if we love conformity. We can never serve God and other people while we are serving the world (Romans 12:2). We can’t serve two masters! We have to hate the evil to the extent.
We can fake our actions to other people but we can never fake it to God. Serving others requires integrity of hearts because God never created us to be pretenders. Thus, we have to show who we are.
3. Cling to what is good.
In 1 Thessalonians 5:21 we are reminded to Hold on to the good. We have to hold on to what is good and keep our focus on it because the enemy will always entice us just to stop us from doing what is good. Don’t give in to any distraction. Fix your eyes only to God and cling to what is good!
There’s a lot of temptation in this world and it’s easy to get distracted and pulled away from our purpose. Don’t give in to the pattern of the world but always renew your mind so that you can give yourself fully to the Lord and to the people who need you.
Evaluate your heart and then ask yourself this question… “Do I possess these 3 keys in serving others?” … If the answer is no, Remember… even the Lord came not to be served, but to serve others.