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A Zeal for Service

From Jim’s Heart: One day I met with a man with a heart to serve. He looked like he could have played linebacker for a pro football team. As we had lunch together, I noticed my new friend didn’t eat much of his food. Instead, he talked on and on about how he loved to serve the people at his church. He constantly looked for opportunities throughout the week to serve the needs of fellow church members, and on Sunday he couldn’t wait to get to church so he could continue his ministry of service.

This man’s zeal for service may seem excessive or abnormal at first glance because of the “me”-oriented society we live in. But his extreme desire to serve is Christlike. It’s godly.

As fleshly humans, our natural–and selfish–tendency is to take care of our own needs first. We like to make sure we have plenty of time for what we want to do. Then if we have any time or energy left over, we just might be willing to use it to serve someone else… maybe.

But as men and women after God’s own heart, we need to make ourselves available as God’s servants…. like these people in the Bible:

  • God spoke of Abraham as His servant (Genesis 26:24).
  • Joshua was called “the servant of the Lord” at his death (Joshua 24:29).
  • David, too, was called “my servant” by God (2 Samuel 7:5).
  • Godly men and women were chosen as deacons and deaconesses to serve and help meet the needs in the congregation (1 Timothy 3:8-11).
  • The apostle Paul referred to himself as a servant of God (Romans 1:1).
  • The Proverbs 31 woman “extended her hands to serve the needy” (verse 20).

Service to God and His people is not an insignificant task. It is a mark of a follower after God’s own heart.

Read A Zeal for Service on Elizabeth & Jim George.


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