I think that everybody knows that as the church and as believers of Christ, we are called to serve. As I looked up verses on serving in the church, one verse stood out to me. In Romans 12:11, it says, “Do not be slothful in zeal, be fervent in spirit, serve the Lord.” This was an eye-opener for me. Not only am I called to serve, but I am also called to be “fervent” in serving. We are instructed to serve passionately, to serve with a burning fire in our soul. I am not called to sigh, roll my eyes, and drag myself to AWANA, Tuesday night gathering, worship or band practice, the nursery, or insert-your-ministry-here, all while wishing I was watching Netflix on the couch. Serving should not be a time of counting down the minutes until it is finished.
Our serving might look different if we were serving with the attitude described in Colossians 3:23-24, “Whatever you do, work heartily, as for the Lord and not for men, knowing that from the Lord you will receive the inheritance as your reward. You are serving the Lord Christ.” This is an important part of serving. Serving is an incredible opportunity for us. I think we may sometimes forget that serving is our opportunity to worship Christ by loving people the way that He did and does. This is not something we should take lightly. When serving in ministry feels mundane, do not be discouraged. Do not lose your passion. When you feel like your serving goes unseen as you change uncountable numbers of dirty diapers in the nursery week after week with no thanks for your service, do not lose heart.
Remember what Hebrews 6:10 says, “For God is not unjust so as to overlook your work and the love that you have shown for his name in serving the saints, as you still do.” Ultimately, God wants us to serve Him fervently. He sees our efforts; He sees our heart and our attitude when we serve. When you are scooping food for the recovery gathering dinner on a Tuesday night, ask yourself how you can do this with passion. How can you use every interaction to love people the way Christ did and worship Jesus with your passion? When you are setting chairs up for an event, how can you do that passionately and fervently for the Lord? Will you pray for the people who will soon be sitting in those chairs? When you are serving in an unseen area, how can you remind yourself that you are ultimately serving an audience of One? Do not lose heart. He sees your service. Serve Him passionately. Finally, 1 Corinthians 15:58 says, “Therefore, my beloved brothers, be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that in the Lord your labor is not in vain.”