You don’t have to go very far in the Bible to find the phrase serve the Lord. It’s repeated many times in the Old Testament; also, in the New Testament, we find Jesus Himself telling us “You shall worship the Lord your God, and serve Him only.” To understand service to God completely, you have to turn to the Word of God and study this phrase in context as well as look at the concepts that surround the practice of serving God.
First and foremost you serve the Lord by loving Him with all your heart. You demonstrate that love by how much time you spend with Him studying His Word, by spending time in prayer, by spending time in worship, and by offering loving service to others. It is in these moments that we feel the overwhelming joy God provides to those who are obedient to Him. Time spent in service to God is a true believer’s most cherished experience.
Romans 15:13 (NASB)
“Now may the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that you will abound in hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.”
Below you will find a collection of Bible verses that will help you develop a complete understanding of what it means to serve the Lord. May I suggest you spend a moment in prayer before reading these verses? Ask God for discernment. Ask God to point you in the right direction toward service to Him in your life. If you are so prompted, please open your Bible and read some of these verses in context. Listen for God’s voice; He may be directing you to a deeper study that is specific to your life and your relationship with Him. Of course this is not an exhaustive list, there are many verses that pertain to serving God and I encourage you to follow your instinct to explore this topic further. My prayer is that these verses will help you to move closer to God and to a greater understanding of what it means to serve the Lord.
Deuteronomy 10:12-13 (NASB)
What does the LORD your God require from you, but to fear the LORD your God, to walk in all His ways and love Him, and to serve the LORD your God with all your heart and with all your soul.
Deuteronomy 13:4 (NASB)
You shall follow the LORD your God and fear Him; and you shall keep His commandments, listen to His voice, serve Him, and cling to Him.
Joshua 22:5 (NASB)
Love the LORD your God and walk in all His ways and keep His commandments and hold fast to Him and serve Him with all your heart and with all your soul.
Joshua 24:14 (NASB)
Fear the LORD and serve Him in sincerity and truth.
Joshua 24:16 (NASB)
“Far be it from us that we should forsake the Lord to serve other gods.”
Joshua 24:15 (NASB)
If it is disagreeable in your sight to serve the Lord, choose for yourselves today whom you will serve: but as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord.
Joshua 24:18 (NASB)
We also will serve the LORD, for He is our God.
Joshua 24:24 (NASB)
We will serve the LORD our God and we will obey His voice.
1 Samuel 7:3 (NASB)
Direct your hearts to the LORD and serve Him alone; and He will deliver you.
1 Chronicles 28:9 (NASB)
As for you, my son Solomon, know the God of your father, and serve Him with a whole heart and a willing mind; for the LORD searches all hearts, and understands every intent of the thoughts. If you seek Him, He will let you find Him; but if you forsake Him, He will reject you forever.
Daniel 6:16 (NASB)
Your God whom you constantly serve will Himself deliver you.
Malachi 3:16-18 (NASB)
Then those who feared the Lord spoke to one another, and the Lord gave attention and heard it, and a book of remembrance was written before Him for those who fear the Lord and who esteem His name. “They will be Mine,” says the Lord of hosts, “on the day that I prepare My own possession, and I will spare them as a man spares his own son who serves him.” So you will again distinguish between the righteous and the wicked, between one who serves God and one who does not serve Him.
Matthew 4:10 (NASB)
Then Jesus said to him, “Go, Satan! For it is written, ‘YOU SHALL WORSHIP THE LORD YOUR GOD, AND SERVE HIM ONLY.’”
Matthew 6:24 (NASB)
“No one can serve two masters; for either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will be devoted to one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and wealth.”
Matthew 22:34-40 (NASB)
But when the Pharisees heard that Jesus had silenced the Sadducees, they gathered themselves together. One of them, a lawyer, asked Him a question, testing Him, “Teacher, which is the great commandment in the Law?” And He said to him, “‘YOU SHALL LOVE THE LORD YOUR GOD WITH ALL YOUR HEART, AND WITH ALL YOUR SOUL, AND WITH ALL YOUR MIND.’ This is the great and foremost commandment. The second is like it, ‘YOU SHALL LOVE YOUR NEIGHBOR AS YOURSELF.’ On these two commandments depend the whole Law and the Prophets.”
Matthew 25:35-36 (NASB)
I was hungry, and you gave Me something to eat; I was thirsty, and you gave Me something to drink; I was a stranger, and you invited Me in; naked, and you clothed Me; I was sick, and you visited Me; I was in prison, and you came to Me.’
Matthew 25:40 (NASB)
“Truly I say to you, to the extent that you did it to one of these brothers of Mine, even the least of them, you did it to Me.”
Matthew 25:45 (NASB)
“Truly I say to you, to the extent that you did not do it to one of the least of these, you did not do it to Me.”
Mark 10:43-45 (NASB)
“Whoever wishes to become great among you shall be your servant; and whoever wishes to be first among you shall be slave of all. For even the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give His life a ransom for many.”
Luke 4:8 (NASB)
Jesus answered him, “It is written, ‘YOU SHALL WORSHIP THE LORD YOUR GOD AND SERVE HIM ONLY.”
Luke 22:27 (NASB)
“For who is greater, the one who reclines at the table or the one who serves? Is it not the one who reclines at the table? But I am among you as the one who serves.”
John 12:26 (NASB)
If anyone serves Me, he must follow Me; and where I am, there My servant will be also; if anyone serves Me, the Father will honor him.
John 13:34-35 (NASB)
“A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another, even as I have loved you, that you also love one another. By this all men will know that you are My disciples, if you have love for one another.”
Acts 4:32 (NASB)
And the congregation of those who believed were of one heart and soul; and not one of them claimed that anything belonging to him was his own, but all things were common property to them.
Acts 20:35 (NASB)
In everything I showed you that by working hard in this manner you must help the weak and remember the words of the Lord Jesus, that He Himself said, “It is more blessed to give than to receive.”
Romans 7:6 (NASB)
But now we have been released from the Law, having died to that by which we were bound, so that we serve in newness of the Spirit and not in oldness of the letter.
Romans 12:1-2 (NASB)
Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, so that you may prove what the will of God is, that which is good and acceptable and perfect.
Romans 12:9-13 (NASB)
Let love be without hypocrisy. Abhor what is evil; cling to what is good. Be devoted to one another in brotherly love; give preference to one another in honor; not lagging behind in diligence, fervent in spirit, serving the Lord; rejoicing in hope, persevering in tribulation, devoted to prayer, contributing to the needs of the saints, practicing hospitality.
Romans 14:17-18 (NASB)
The kingdom of God is righteousness and peace and joy in the Holy Spirit. For he who in this way serves Christ is acceptable to God and approved by men.
Galatians 5:13 (NASB)
For you were called to freedom, brethren; only do not turn your freedom into an opportunity for the flesh, but through love serve one another.
Colossians 3:23-24 (NASB)
Whatever you do, do your work heartily, as for the Lord rather than for men, knowing that from the Lord you will receive the reward of the inheritance. It is the Lord Christ whom you serve.
1 Thessalonians 5:14 (NASB)
We urge you, brethren, admonish the unruly, encourage the fainthearted, help the weak, be patient with everyone.
2 Thessalonians 3:7-9 (NASB)
For you yourselves know how you ought to follow our example, because we did not act in an undisciplined manner among you, nor did we eat anyone’s bread without paying for it, but with labor and hardship we kept working night and day so that we would not be a burden to any of you; not because we do not have the right to this, but in order to offer ourselves as a model for you, so that you would follow our example.
Hebrews 9:13-14 (NASB)
For if the blood of goats and bulls and the ashes of a heifer sprinkling those who have been defiled sanctify for the cleansing of the flesh, how much more will the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered Himself without blemish to God, cleanse your conscience from dead works to serve the living God?
1 Peter 4:8-11 (NASB)
Above all, keep fervent in your love for one another, because love covers a multitude of sins. Be hospitable to one another without complaint. As each one has received a special gift, employ it in serving one another as good stewards of the manifold grace of God. Whoever speaks, is to do so as one who is speaking the utterances of God; whoever serves is to do so as one who is serving by the strength which God supplies; so that in all things God may be glorified through Jesus Christ, to whom belongs the glory and dominion forever and ever. Amen.