“Work willingly at WHATEVER you do, as though you were WORKING FOR THE LORD rather than for people.” – Colossians 3:23 NLT
Do you know that you serve God by serving others? Do you know that if God should show you the records of how well you served him, it is going to be a long list of how you served others?
Do you know that you don’t serve God by merely praying and studying the word? Those ones are things you do for yourself and your growth, they are not service to God. You serve God by serving others.
Jesus explained this with a parable. Let’s look at a very important part of that parable.
“Then these righteous ones will reply, ‘Lord, when did we ever see you hungry and feed you? Or thirsty and give you something to drink? “And the King will say, ‘I tell you the truth, when you did it to one of the least of these my brothers and sisters, you were doing it to me!’” – Matthew 25:37, 40 NLT
Our fellow men are channels through which we serve God. The height of one’s spirituality and maturity cannot be measured in how much they pray but in how much they love. Our love walk with others is what truly shows the state of our hearts towards God.
Often times, men who appear very spiritual but lack empathy and love for other fellows, especially those who are below them, are not truly spiritual or mature. They are only putting up a front, making people see them as spiritual but denying themselves the formation of Christ in their hearts.
When we understand that men are the channel through which we love God, we’d love and serve people better. It is always easy to serve those above us because we are hoping that they help us come above in compensation for our service to them but because we feel that those below us have nothing to offer, we overlook them and even treat them wrongly at any given opportunity.
I know a man’s true character from how he treats his inferiors and not how he treats his superiors. No matter how we sing “Lord, I love you” if it doesn’t translate to love for others, we are living in deceit. No matter how much we sing “I’ll do anything you ask me to” if it doesn’t translate to serving others regardless of their status, we are not ready to do anything he asks us to.
CHARITY IS ONLY BORN OF LOVE
Service to others, especially people who can’t reward us is charity.
We live in a time where charity is an archaic word. It only makes a little sense when we do it for the screen, the applause and of course, we can’t even do without the lens, light flickering and shutter press!
It may seem okay when other people do charity for the sake of applause but as Christians, we play by a different set of rules and we care for others because it’s a calling, a Christian responsibility given to us by our Lord, Jesus Christ.
One thing I am sure of is that the more the love of God is revealed to us, the more serving others makes sense. Charity is a result of love, it can not happen independently of love. Those ones that we do for the screen, likes and shares aren’t born of love, they are born of our selfish desires for fame.
Concerning God, the Bible says “For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.” – John 3:16 NIV
The gift of Jesus to us was a reaction of God’s love, not because we were worth it or because God needed us so that he can garner votes. God wasn’t running a campaign, he didn’t need us if he wanted to do without us. He simply loved us and in reaction to his love, he gave us Jesus.
Love will always go the extra mile. Love doesn’t give in calculations, it doesn’t keep a record of what has been given so as to come up with a summation at the end. Love gives until there is none remaining to give. If we love God, we will love others and if we want to give to God, we do that by giving to others inclusive of people we dislike.
Jesus said “If a soldier demands that you carry his gear for a mile, carry it two miles. Give to those who ask, and don’t turn away from those who want to borrow.” – Matthew 5:41-42 NLT
Jesus wasn’t referring to our service to friends, he was talking about service to people we may not even like. We may dislike people but we will still go ahead and love them for God’s sake! Love will always go the extra miles.
When people ask for one, give them two. When people ask for just a smile, give them a hug. Whatever you want to do, add extra.
The Christian giving is “going the extra mile” and we go the extra mile because we know that it is God and not man that we are serving.
Whether it is service to your employer, client, spouse, your leaders or that beggar in the street, it is a sacred duty that must be rendered with every sense of reverence for God because men are the channels through which we serve God.