I hate it when a server takes forever to refill my drink. Don’t they know I’m dying of thirst when eating cheese fries, onion rings, and a bacon cheeseburger? It’s like everyone else in the restaurant is more important than me!
As much as it bothers me when servers procrastinate on refilling my beverage, God doesn’t like it when we do the same to him. We often push off our service to him until a more convenient time. But does the time ever come?
So, when is the best time to serve God? The answer to that is right now. Your whole life is supposed to be offered up in service to Christ.
To help you, here are seven ways to serve God right now.
Have a good attitude.
The Holy Spirit should lead your attitude. It “produces this kind of fruit in our lives: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. There is no law against these things!” (Galatians 5:22-23) This fruit demonstrates that you serve God with the right attitude.
Do your job for God.
Did you know that when you go to work today, it’s a way for you to serve Christ? The Bible says you are to “work willingly at whatever you do, as though you were working for the Lord rather than for people. Remember that the Lord will give you an inheritance as your reward, and that the Master you are serving is Christ.”(Colossians 3:23-24)
Serve in his house.
When you serve in the church, you’re saying, “God, I love what you love.” We are “to motivate one another to acts of love and good works. And let us not neglect our meeting together, as some people do, but encourage one another, especially now that the day of his return is drawing near.” (Hebrews 10:24-25)
Care for the needs of others.
Our personal needs dominate our days. Although sometimes necessary, it can often lead to a self-serving life. But serving God means you are to “not merely look out for your own personal interests, but also for the interests of others.” (Philippians 2:4)
Be generous to people and God’s church.
You cannot outgive God. Try it! I dare you! Jesus boldly tells us to “Give, and you will receive. Your gift will return to you in full—pressed down, shaken together to make room for more, running over, and poured into your lap. The amount you give will determine the amount you get back.” (Luke 6:38) Giving is one of the ways we serve God.
You might not know it, but hospitality is a prerequisite to leadership in the church. (Titus 1) It’s also how we serve God and show our love for his people. The Bible tells us that “when God’s people are in need, be ready to help them. Always be eager to practice hospitality.” (Romans 12:13)
Give your time and body to God.
Serving God means you should “commit your way to the Lord.” (Psalm 37:5) It’s not just a Sunday gig or a five-minute devotional. It’s a lifestyle of service to him. Where we offer our “bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God—this is your true and proper worship.” (Romans 12:1)