You don’t have to go very far in the Bible to find the phrase serve the Lord; it’s repeated more than 80 times. When Jesus was challenged by the devil, he responded to him this way:
Jesus answered, “It is written: ‘Worship the Lord your God and serve him only.” Luke 4:8 (NIV)
In today’s world, we are challenged by the devil every day (1 John 5:19). Our mission is to stand strong against the devil in worship and service to God. We start by following what Jesus identified as the greatest commandments:
Jesus replied: “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’ This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ All the Law and the Prophets hang on these two commandments.” Matthew 22:37-40 (NIV)
We demonstrate our love for God by how much time we spend with Him studying His Word, in prayer, and in worship. And we serve God by serving others with the love that He provides. It is in these moments that we feel the overwhelming joy God provides to those who are obedient to Him. Time spent in worship and service to God is a true believer’s most cherished experience.
As individual believers, much of our service to God comes automatically as we interact with those we love. Those who work in service related jobs such as nurse, firefighter, teacher, ministry leader, etc. have the added benefit of serving others routinely throughout the day. Nevertheless, we all sometimes need a reminder of the many ways we can serve God one-on-one and how we might expand our efforts to achieve the greatest good. What follows is a small list of some of the many possibilities. My prayer is that you will use this list to inspire your service to God and that you will expand this list to include all of your own special talents and resources.
Serving God by serving others one-on-one is your most intimate connection to what it means to be a follower of Jesus Christ. May you be greatly blessed in your efforts!
Hug someone you love and let them know how much you love them.
Do something unexpectedly helpful for someone close to you.
Do the household chores another family member usually does.
Use your God given talent to mentor someone.
Volunteer at church.
Search for a humanitarian organization where you can volunteer.
Start a neighborhood watch program so you can meet your neighbors and find out how you might be able to help them.
Invite a friend or relative to church.
Offer to provide a ride to someone who doesn’t have transportation.
Visit with elderly relatives or neighbors who are lonely.
Cook for elderly relatives or neighbors.
Visit and help those suffering from an illness.
Make a new friend.
Be a surrogate parent for a child who is missing a parent.
Visit a friend or relative who is in jail.
Listen for hints people give that indicate you may be able to help.
Help someone study the Bible.
Tell people what God is doing in your life.
Donate money to a good cause.
Donate your old clothes.
Donate your unused household items.
Start a small group at church.
Take the time to listen to someone without any agenda of your own.
When you’re out in public; look for opportunities to help others.
Find a special way to thank your church pastors and staff.
Become a foster parent.
Adopt a child.
Provide childcare so a friend or family member can have a night out.
Give extra help to someone at work.
Help someone with their school homework.
Sign up for a Mission Trip.
Search the Internet for more ways to serve God.
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