October 15, 2009

Character Is Service

Written by Boyd Bailey

Character Is Service… “She brings him good, not harm, all the days of her life.” Proverbs 31:12

Character can’t wait to serve. There is a motivation to do good for others that is expressed in unselfish service. The goal of character is to serve not to be served. It is always looking for a way to discover needs and then meet those needs in the name of Jesus. “This service that you perform is not only supplying the needs of God’s people but is also overflowing in many expressions of thanks to God” (2 Corinthians 9:12).

What do they need? How can I help my spouse and children feel encouraged and loved? What work can I take on at my job that can relieve a co-worker who is struggling? These are questions a heart of service asks as they encounter others in their world. So serve and be served, let others serve you so both of you can experience Christ’s heart. Jesus told proud Peter, “No,” said Peter, “you shall never wash my feet.” Jesus answered, “Unless I wash you, you have no part with me” (John 13:8). Service is engagement with Jesus.

Service is first and foremost to your Heavenly Father. As a good son or daughter serve the Almighty with abandonment and joy. “Serve the LORD with gladness: come before his presence with singing” (Psalm 100:2, KJV). How can I serve my Heavenly Father in a way that brings glory to Him? It is a service motivated by gratitude and not guilt that gives God the glory. You feel compelled to serve Christ out of humble appreciation.

Character proves its genuineness in consistent service over a long period of time. Faithfulness in service is not an emotional flash in the pan, but a persistent and prayerful steady plodding. Character clearly comprehends that true greatness is defined by service to the Lord and others. Jesus said, “The greatest among you should be like the youngest, and the one who rules like the one who serves” (Luke 22:26b). Is my goal to serve or to be served? Am I motivated to be great or give through unselfish service?

Related Readings
: Exodus 8:1; Deuteronomy 28:46-48; Acts 20:19; Romans 12:7-9

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