Updated: Apr 5, 2020
Your attitude must be like my own, for I, the Messiah, did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give my life as a ransom for many” (Matthew 20:28 TLB).
Service is a way of life. It is not something to fill up open time on our calendars. It is the heart of who we are as Christians. Jesus tells us many times He came to serve and to give and that we are to be or model or try to be just like Him. We should be constantly serving and giving.
Being Spiritually mature is for ministry. As we grow spiritually, we can give more of ourselves to others. It is not only enough to learn and learn and learn..but there has to be an action plan. There are book learners who can tell you how things work. I know how a car works. I do not know how to take action to fix a car. We must act on what we know as spiritually mature Christians. We have heard the old adage practice what you preach. We must put into action what we say we believe. Bible study without service leads to spiritual stagnation.
The Sea of Galilee is a lake full of life because water flows into it and then also out of it.
The Dead Sea has nothing living in it. There is no outflow so the lake has stagnated.
The truth is, if we ..I have been following Jesus for some time, we/I probably know more Scripture than we/I are putting into practice. We need experience serving in some way at our church. We have to exercise our spiritual muscles. As we mature in Christ, our focus will shift toward living a life of service. Jesus came to serve and He will help us become a servant too.
"God's heroes are the people who remain steady in their faith while serving others."