Back to Reach | Devotion #1: Action and Obedience
Debbie Gabbara | Assistant to the Gathering Pastor
My grandmother was a huge influence in my life, and she was a beautiful example of a humble servant. She taught me that it was important to be involved in God’s work. She was a quiet woman who taught children in Sunday School to love Jesus and know the stories of God’s Word. She taught me the importance of serving. I am so thankful for all that I learned as I served alongside her.
The Bible has a lot to say about serving. The Bible study notes from biblereferenceguide.com say that the word “serve,” “servant,” and “service” occur in the Bible well over 1,100 times. The text continues, “In the Old Testament, the Hebrew word for servant, ‘ebed,’ contains at least two key ingredients: Action (the servant as ‘worker’) and Obedience.”
Action and Obedience: It is easy to understand that serving requires action, as you are usually actively doing something when you serve. We do not necessarily think of obedience when we think about serving. In His Word, God tells us over and over to serve. Commandments require obedience.
“For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them.” Ephesians 2:10
This verse in Ephesians is very clear. God has work for us all to do, specific work that was prepared just for us. It is about good works! God has great expectations for each one of us.
“Give, and it will be given to you. Good measure, pressed down, shaken together, running over, will be put into your lap. For with the measure you use it will be measured back to you.” Luke 6:38
We cannot out give God! He challenges us to give generously. God wants to lavishly give back to us. Invest your time, your energy, and your talents and God will give back to you in ways that you never imagined possible.
“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.” Colossians 3:23-24
God asks us to be obedient, work willingly, and do all things as if we are doing it for Him. I know that when I get to Heaven, I want to hear my Savior say, “Well done, good and faithful servant.” We are serving Christ Jesus! He went to the cross for us and paid the debt for all of our sins. We could never repay all that Jesus has done for us. We should want to serve Him well all of our days.
“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.” Hebrews 6:10
God will remember what we have done to serve Him. He sees the love that we share when we serve others.
“Do not neglect to do good and to share what you have, for such sacrifices are pleasing to God.” Hebrews 13:16
You have a lot to share! We all do, and it pleases God when we do!
What better reason could we need to serve?