We are bought with the blood of Jesus; we are not our own, free to do whatever we want. We shouldn’t serve out of compulsion or unwillingly either. Our service should be saturated with love. If I only do the minimum just to ease my conscience I’m not serving in love. The greatest person according to Jesus is servant of all. These verses have come to my mind more times than I can count:
“A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another; as I have loved you, that you also love one another. By this all will know that you are My disciples, if you have love for one another.”John 13:34–35 (NKJV)
Love, Jesus said, as I have loved you. The sacrificial, laying your life down, kind of love! That is possible only if He lives in you. That is possible as you die to yourself and let Him live through you. As you serve others.
As we respond to the Lord this morning let’s re-read the end of 1 Corinthians 13:13
“And now abide faith, hope, love, these three; but the greatest of these is love.”1 Corinthians 13:13 (NKJV)
Faith and hope only work properly through love. Love is the greatest because it is what makes us who we are. God is love. He dwells in us. If we don’t love, we don’t really know God at all and all our effort is worthless. True hope never lets us down. The love of God is poured into our hearts because the Holy Spirit that God has given us.
A prayer to pray:
That God would: grant you, according to the riches of His glory, to be strengthened with might through His Spirit in the inner man, that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith; that you, being rooted and grounded in love, may be able to comprehend with all the saints what is the width and length and depth and height—to know the love of Christ which passes knowledge; that you may be filled with all the fullness of God.
Ephesians 3:16–19 (NKJV)