I cannot encourage young, single, Christian girls and women enough to be servants in the Name of our Lord … servants to their families first, then to those in need in the church and the community, such as the elderly or special needs children, or parents who can’t afford a baby-sitter and really need a date. The possibilities are endless. Why is serving so important in our calling as set-apart young women for Jesus? The answers, as always, are in God’s Word.
1. Jesus, Our Master, Came To Serve.
I often wonder where much of the church has gotten the idea that we are exempt from service to others when our Lord was the ultimate Servant. Jesus served, even unto death, to provide salvation for His people. He did not “draw the line” anywhere. How then can we, as His Bride, place boundaries on our service to others?
“For even the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give His life as a ransom for many.” Mark 10:45
“I tell you the truth, no servant is greater than his master, nor is a messenger greater than the one who sent him.” John 13:16
“I am the good shepherd: the good shepherd giveth his life for the sheep.” John 10:11
2. In Singleness, More Than Any Other Life Season, We Are To Be About Our Father’s Business.
Of course, all followers of Christ should be about the Lord’s business all the time; however there is quite a bit more freedom in singleness to be active for the Lord and His Kingdom. While most of us have parents and/or siblings to help care for, we are also free to serve others without being in a full commitment that Biblical marriage and motherhood demands. My dear friends that are godly wives and mothers rarely have time or resources to minister exclusively to the needs of those outside their home. They do when they have the chance but they are busy meeting the needs of their husbands and children first, and rightfully so.
Can we really grasp what a powerful season in our life this is? We are, for the most part, totally free to minister to those who are hungry for Jesus! Our singleness can be one big serving fest! Wow, what an exciting thought! The harvest is plentiful, but the laborers are few (Matthew 9:37). Are you willing to be a laborer in the Lord’s “garden” in this most fitting time in your life?
What an amazing gift from God! Truly Satan does not want us to know of what we are capable through Christ in this dynamic season! May we never sit around and idly dream or complain our singleness away.
“There is a difference also between a wife and a virgin. The unmarried woman careth for the things of the Lord, that she may be holy both in body and in spirit: but she that is married careth for the things of the world, how she may please her husband.” 1 Corinthians 7:34
3. Serving Removes Our Eyes From Self.
Perhaps this one is the most beneficial to our spiritual walk. When we are busy seeing to the needs of others, caring for, serving and ministering to them – we gradually forget about ourselves! Selflessness. What a BEAUTIFUL place to be! It is only when my focus is taken off of “me”, that I am able to see Christ more clearly and better understand His heart, His plan and what He is saying to me.
It is the most JOYFUL place I know of! It is why Paul and Silas were singing while bound in prison! They had figured out that it wasn’t about them, but all about Him! When the servants of the Lord in the book of Acts were beaten, tortured, even KILLED for their faith, they counted it as JOY to be persecuted for their Savior’s sake. Wow! Their eyes were totally off of themselves and staring straight into the loving face of Jesus. This is only possible through the power of the Holy Spirit.
Do you know another thing that inevitably comes when we delight in the fact that it’s all about Jesus?
If you are not content in your current circumstances, try taking your eyes off of yourself and put them onto Jesus. You can jump-start the whole process by becoming a SERVANT.
“And he said to them all, If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross daily, and follow me.” Luke 9:23
4. Serving Can Help Bring About Our Destiny.
The important thing to remember with this one is that it is kind of like an incentive. Of course, we should not serve just so God will bless us. However, I cannot help but think of the beautiful story of Rebekah in the Old Testament – how she was “found” for her husband all because she was obeying God’s mandate to serve. Surely, she did not dream that on that day, while watering the camels of strangers, that God’s plan would be accomplished then and there; that a union He had orchestrated from before the beginning of time would come to pass because she was in the place He wanted her to be at the right time.
Where was this place? Service. Rebekah was tending to her daily errands but she went the extra mile. She, not knowing the prayer Abraham’s servant had just prayed for Isaac’s future wife, offered not only to give water to the servant but also to his camels – all ten of them until they were satisfied! Are you willing to go the extra mile to serve those around you in His Name whether His plan for your future includes a husband or not? Find this entire story in Genesis 24.
(Read part two of this article: Serving With Humility)
(This article was originally published in Volume1 Number1/Spring 2008. You can request the entire issue in PDF on this page.)
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