Our service in the church, regardless of what we do, is about seeing God’s will be done and His name glorified in everything. Both of those concepts warrant a lifetime of study. However, it is important to remember that we are not seeking positions of greatness but places of humble service. “Therefore, humble yourselves under the mighty hand of God, that He may exalt you in due time, casting all your care upon Him, for He cares for you.” (1 Peter 5:6–7) You take care of others, and God will take care of you.

Jesus was clear with the disciples who were arguing over who would be first in the kingdom when He said, “And whoever desires to be first among you, let him be your slave—just as the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give His life a ransom for many.” (Matthew 20:27–28 also see Mark 10:45; John 13:1-17) Jesus set the example for us to follow in serving in His kingdom. It is about pouring out our lives for others. 

We are to live our lives in such a profound and meaningful way that others are drawn to the Lord in and through our witness of His love. We are gifted by God’s grace to minister to and serve others. Although others do minister to us, we are not to seek to be served by others. This is why Jesus “…gave some to be apostles, some prophets, some evangelists, and some pastors and teachers, for the equipping of the saints for the work of ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ…” (Ephesians 4:11–12) The Holy Spirit equips us to serve God and others so that there would be unity and maturity in His Body, the Church. (See 1 Corinthians 12:12-31)

Our gifts are not for our benefit but for building up and edifying the whole Body of Christ. We are never called to be successful, popular, or influential but humble and faithful servants of God and his kingdom. Paul says, “Let a man consider us servants of Christ and stewards of the mysteries of God. Moreover, it is required in stewards that one be found faithful.” (1 Corinthians 4:1-2) We are called to others-centered service. Therefore, let us not consider what we will receive for ourselves from serving God but what we have to give away to others. Let God worry about the blessings as we seek to be faithful to His divine service.