Daily Word #14: What Does God Say About Serving Others? Part 2
Who is a minister or servant?
Contrary to popular belief, a minister doesn't just refer to someone that leads a church. God, in fact, has called each of us to be ministers or servants because He knows that only through service, can we ultimately demonstrate the love of Christ to others. As we learned in part 1 of this series, a bondservant is a slave who chooses to stay as a servant to his master after being released, simply because he loves his master.
In Exodus 21:2-6 and Deuteronomy 15:12-18, a Hebrew slave was to be released after serving for seven years, he chose to stay as a bondservant because of the love he had for his master. His master then took him to the judges and made it legal, and the servant became his master's forever. Jesus alluded to this practice when He spoke with His disciples in John 15:9-17.
Although each disciple had voluntarily accepted the call to service by the Lord, Jesus gave them a new commandment that they have become friends and no longer servants, because of love, seen in verse 15.
"15 Henceforth I call you not servants; for the servant knoweth not what his lord doeth: but I have called you friends;"
Here we see the disciples were literally voluntary bondservants to the Lord. However, because of His love, He would soon give His life for His friends (John 15:13) freeing them from all bondage (Hebrews 2:14-18).
To recap, we serve the Lord because we love the Lord (1 John 4:19). We demonstrate our love for the Lord by loving our brothers and sisters. We demonstrate our love for others by dedicating our lives to them in ministry and service. Therefore, by doing these things and giving our lives to them, we fulfill the Lord's commandment that we are to love one another as the Lord has loved us (John 15:12).
At modern day churches, it's difficult to find the kind of ministry or outreach that the Jesus taught about. The Bible says believers should minister to and serve others because we love the Lord and we can demonstrate the gospel of salvation in action through our service. When we do this, using the Word of God as our guide, our service becomes a vehicle to demonstrate and share the love of God to those whom we serve hoping that they trust the Lord for Salvation and are counted as fruit that remains.