How You Should Serve the Lord

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Romans 12:11 “Not slothful in business; fervent in spirit; serving the Lord;”

We often talk about the importance of serving the Lord, but what is serving the Lord? People want to believe they are right with God, but you cannot be right with God and not serve the Lord. The fact that you go to church regularly and give tithes is wonderful, but that is not serving the Lord; that is being obedient to what you are supposed to do. Romans 12 gives great insight into what it means to serve the Lord. Let me share five things that it means to serve the Lord.

First, you cannot serve the Lord without working in the Lord’s work. The word “serve” means to perform duties or services for someone. In other words, you are not serving the Lord when you are sitting, but you are serving the Lord when you are working in His harvest of reaching the lost for Christ. Luke 19:10 says, “For the Son of man is come to seek and to save that which was lost.” This verse clearly shows the services of the Lord. We live in times when churches make much of so-called “worship,” but what they call “worship” is not serving the Lord. Worship is not a static action of sitting, but worship is an active action of service for the Lord. Every time you tell someone the Gospel, you are serving the Lord. My friend, God did not save you to sit, but He saved you to serve, and if you are going to serve the Lord, you must get busy performing the duties of soul winning.

Second, don’t be slothful in serving the LORD. The word “slothful” means lazy or slow-moving. Some are performing the services God wants them to do, but they are slow in their performance. What I mean by this statement is that they only serve the Lord when everything is convenient. You cannot successfully serve the Lord if you only do what He tells you to do when it is convenient. There is no convenience in serving the Lord. In fact, most of the time it will be inconvenient to serve the Lord, but we don't serve Him because it is convenient, but we serve Him because we love Him and because it is the right thing to do.

Third, be fervent or passionate about serving the Lord. The verse above commands the believer to be “fervent in spirit” as they serve the Lord. You can serve the Lord out of obligation and still be obedient to His command, but He would rather you become passionate and fervent about serving Him. In other words, put your heart into what you are doing as you serve the Lord. A heartless service of the Lord produces a fruitless service. Those who are passionate and fervent about serving the Lord will always see more fruit than those who are heartless and dispassionate as they serve God. Put your heart into what you are doing and you will find more fruit.

Fourth, serve the Lord with pure love. Verse 9 says, “Let love be without dissimulation….” In other words, God wants you to serve Him with a love that is for ALL people. You will fail to be passionate about serving the Lord if you have a pretense of the type of people you want to help.

Fifth, serve the Lord by serving others. Verse 10 says, “Be kindly affectioned one to another with brotherly love; in honour preferring one another;” The key to serving the Lord in the manner that He wants you to serve Him is by putting others before yourself. You will find it easy to serve the Lord in the manner that He wants you to serve Him when your service is selfless and focused on helping others.

Dr. Allen Domelle


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