Summary: In our relationship with Christ and our fellow believers, God has given us a call to demonstrate our love to both by serving one another. Service is love in action. Service ought to be a natural product of the Christian life. Service is selflessness.
SERVE ONE ANOTHER
For you, brethren, have been called to liberty; only do not use liberty as an opportunity for the flesh, but through love serve one another. For all the law is fulfilled in one word, even in this: "You shall love your neighbor as yourself."
Introduction: In our relationship with Christ and our fellow believers, God has given us a call to demonstrate our love to both by serving one another. Service is love in action. Service ought to be a natural product of the Christian life. Service is selflessness.
I. The Reason for Serving Others
A. God designed us to serve others
1. 1st Corinthian 12:4-7, Paul in context is talking about how every person in the body of Christ, every believer has been given something, a gift, a manifestation of the spirit, something that will help us to contribute to the whole body. 1st Corinthians 12:4-7 "There are different kinds of gifts, but the same Spirit. There are different kinds of service, but the same Lord. There are different kinds of working, but the same God works all of them in all people. Now to each one the manifestation of the Spirit is given for the common good."
2. 1 Peter 4:10 (NASB) As each one has received a special gift, employ it in serving one another as good stewards of the manifold grace of God.
3. The great violinist, Niccolo Paganini willed his marvelous violin to city of Genoa on condition that it must never be played. The wood of such an instrument, while used and handled, wears only slightly, but set aside, it begins to decay. Paganini’s lovely violin has today become worm-eaten and useless except as a relic. A Christian’s unwillingness to serve may soon destroy his capacity for usefulness. – J.K. Laney, Marching Orders
B. Christ-likeness is to serve others.
1. John 13:14 – 17 If I then, your Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet, you also ought to wash one another’s feet. For I have given you an example, that you should do as I have done to you. Most assuredly, I say to you, a servant is not greater than his master; nor is he who is sent greater than he who sent him. If you know these things, blessed are you if you do them.
2. Mark 10:45 "For even the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give His life a ransom for many."
3. Following Jesus means serving others. Serving others means serving somewhere!
C. God freed us to serve others
1. Galatians 5:13 "For you, brethren, have been called to liberty; Do not use liberty as an opportunity for the flesh, but through love serve one another."
2. The Greek literally reads, "You were called to freedom . . . So use your freedom by becoming slaves to each other in love."
3. The difference between servitude and servanthood is the difference between have to and get to. Servitude is imposed from the outside; servanthood grows from an inner identity, a core commitment to do what’s best for those I serve.
D. Greatness is achieved in serving others.
1. "The world defines greatness in terms of power, possessions, prestige, and position. If you can demand service from others, you’ve arrived. In our self-serving culture with it’s me – first mentality, acting like a servant is not a popular concept." - copied