Serving for Him

Serving for Him

Jesus died for all, so that those who live might no longer live for themselves, but for Him who died and rose again on their behalf. – 2 Corinthians 5:15

Christians are saved by faith; however, if we are truly saved there will be evidence of that salvation through our works.  We do not need works to be saved, but works will come as a result of our saving faith.  Think of it like the chicken and egg paradox.  Which came first?  In the case of each individual person, faith or the egg comes first.  Once we have faith, it will hatch and out comes the works or the chicken.  As we grow spiritually, our faith will be the fuel to grow the chicken, which will grow larger and larger until it is able to lead and protect other chickens and lay eggs of its own (leading others’ to faith).

If you are truly saved, works will not be a burden or obligation to you, but an opportunity that you look forward to.  I suspect there are two main reasons why Christians don’t do more works.  The first reason is because many of them only pay lip service to believing in Jesus but do not truly believe in him.  “Not everyone who says to Me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but he who does the will of My Father who is in heaven will enter (Matthew 7:21 NASB).  The other reason is that people just may not know what to do or where to start.  They may think that to serve means that they must sell everything tomorrow and then spend the rest of their lives as roaming preachers.  While that may be a goal, it’s not the only way to serve God and do His will.

I want to offer some suggestions to people, regardless of where one truly is in their belief in Jesus, on how to get started and what to shoot for.  If you’re a Christian and have no desire to do works or don’t think it’s necessary, read, reread, and study the books of James and 1 John.  It’s never too late to truly commit your life to following Christ.  If you want to do works but don’t know what to do, here is a list of things you can do to get started and a guide on where to go.

On last note before I offer a list of ways to serve.  Always remember that everything we do as Christians is done in the name of Jesus ( Col 3:17), to bring glory to God (1 Cor 10:31), and is a direct result of what He has done for us (2 Cor 5:15).  This is vitally important to remember because people will see what you are doing and ask you why you are doing these things.  There may be many reasons why, but the first and most important answer you should give is because of Jesus.  There are lots of ways to tell people this so find a way to say it that works for you.  Simply saying “I just wanted to help out” does not honor God.  Find a way to let people know who gives you the power and desire to serve.

Lastly, doing any type of service is a great opportunity to invite other people to serve alongside you.  Just a simple text or Facebook post can be enough, but you’ll find more success if you call people and .  Without further ado, here is a list, which is not all inclusive, of some things you can do to serve people and your community in order to bring glory to God.  Nothing is too small and you don’t have to be a saint to go all in.

Basic (No planning or commitment)
Pick up litter when you see it
Clean or wipe up when using a public bathroom, specifically the sink area or paper towels.
Donate blood (you can also do plasma and platelets)
Clean up a local park or playground
Show up at a neighbors, family members, or friends house, church, or small business with tools and ask what you can fix for them.
Mow someone’s lawn for them when you do your own (make sure to ask first if you’re able to).
Buy a bunch of food and deliver it to homeless people
Clean up along highway
Visit people at retirement home
 

Intermediate (some planning or commitment)
Start a small group
Teach a class
Go on short term missions
Build a house (Habitat for Humanity)
Become a coach or referee for kids sports
Become a Big Brother or Big Sister
Serve at a food kitchen or homeless shelter
Volunteer as a firefighter or for search and rescue
Bring a meal to Ronald McDonald House
Volunteer at local charity event (e.g. 5k race for AIDS, Cancer, or any other worthy cause)
 

Advanced (all in)
Become a foster parent and adopt
Go on long term mission trips

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