But by love serve one another. (Gal. 5:13)
Our world has become a large, impersonal, busy institution. We are alienated from each other. Although crowded, we are lonely. Distant. Pushed together but uninvolved. No longer do most neighbors visit across the backyard fence. The well-manicured front lawn is the modern moat that keeps barbarians at bay. Hoarding and flaunting have replaced sharing and caring. It's like we are occupying common space but have no common interests, as if we're on an elevator with rules like: "No talking, smiling, or eye contact allowed without written consent of the management."
Painful though it may be for us to admit it here in this great land of America, we're losing touch with one another. The motivation to help, to encourage, yes, to serve our fellow-man is wanting. . . . And yet, it is these things that form the essentials of a happy and fulfilled life.
Improving Your Serve
Serving is essential regardless of your profession. I have had the immense honor and privilege of serving in the name of Jesus in various settings ranging from executive security services to missions outreach. In each of those instances, I had the chance to "serve like Jesus". Serving like Jesus requires a spirit of humility, patience, and ultimately, obedience.
We all know it's one thing to serve when we know we are getting something in return such as a paycheck or some other form of acknowledgement. It's another thing altogether when we choose to serve outside of our own selfish ambitions with very little to no reward in it for us whatsoever. Being a layperson or servant leader such as a pastor, evangelist, apostle, or a teacher are not very easy because of the immense responsibility that is involved in those positions with very little to practically nothing to gain in tangible returns.
There will be instances where there can be tangible returns when in active non-workplace-related ministries in the form of a small salary or love offering when God opens the door for evangelistic outreach. Those are just a couple of instances that I can think of off the top of my head. But in all reality, the real reward will be moreso intangible than tangible. The ultimate intangible reward will come in two forms: 1) The words "Well done my good and faithful servant" will be heard from God's mouth into your life. 2) An incorruptible crown just for you. Number two would be more of a tangible reward than intangible, but you get the point.
The point of this post is not so much the kind of reward you gain in serving others, but the satisfaction you get from making an eternal impact in the lives of those God brings into your life. The satisfaction of knowing that you have won one soul for Christ is worth more than any reward that can be given to us. The satisfaction that you have gone from being one of the many that are called to one of the few that are chosen is also something that should never be overlooked. I can go on and on and on about the subject of serving. I strongly encourage you to experience the amazing rewards and satisfaction of being able to serve like Jesus. Go ahead! I dare you!...:-)
Thank you so much for reading this far my friends! May God continue to bless you and keep you in Jesus' mighty name! JESUS LOVES YOU AND SO DO I!!!. . . . :-).