When we serve Christ we show we are His disciple.
To take it further: we can not be His Disciple unless we serve Him.
When we think of discipleship we think first about sharing Jesus with others. But serving Him is just as important..
Just read up on Matthew 25:31-46.
A Disciple Is A Servant
But let’s use this verse…
Anyone who wants to serve me must follow me, because my servants must be where I am. And the Father will honor anyone who serves me. John 12:26
Notice Jesus did not say that only people good at serving or with a mindset toward service are the ones who must serve Him.
Jesus says we make a choice to serve and follow Him. But we have to serve if we want to be where He is… if we want the Father’s blessings.
Sounds like a disciple is a servant.
Jesus shows us the ultimate in service in John chapter 13 by washing the disciples feet. Can you think of other examples where Jesus teaches us to serve?
Now let’s look up serve in the dictionary (I’m using the one provided by Apple software.)
To serve is to perform duties or services for another person or group (or tribe.)
Serve is derived from the Latin servus which means ‘slave.’
- they served their masters faithfully: work for, be in the service of, be employed by; obey.
- she serves the community: be of service to, be of use to, help, assist, aid, make a contribution to, do one’s bit for, do something for, benefit.
Now looking to the Greek…
The Greek word for Serve is Diakoneo which means
- to be a servant, attendant, domestic, to serve, wait upon
- to minister to one, render ministering offices to
- to minister i.e. supply food and necessities of life
- to relieve one’s necessities (e.g. by collecting alms), to provide take care of, distribute, the things necessary to sustain life
- to take care of the poor and the sick
- to attend to anything, that may serve another’s interest
- to minister a thing to one, to serve one or by supplying any thing
These definitions make me think back to Matthew 25:31-46 or Isaiah 58:6-11.
A disciple is a servant.
What About You
How do you serve someone online?
Doesn’t seem like we have to be face to face to serve?
We could create content…
Write about how people can find the service they need.
We could encourage dialog in social media or email or even by phone. This could be one-on-one or in groups.
We could create and share a video or a presentation about service.
We could refer people to someone who can render a service.
We dialog online about service in church.
Be creative in your content. Trust God to make it happen.
Let me know what you think in the comment area below.