There are many reasons why it’s important to serve in the ministries of the church. Here are 4 Biblical reasons that give us an understanding of the importance of serving others:
1. Serving models the life of Jesus. – In Mark 10:45, we read that Jesus came not to be served but to serve and to give his life as ransom. We discover true greatness when we serve because we are becoming like Christ when we serve others.
2. Serving is the natural response to the gospel. – In Romans 12:1-2, Paul urges the Christians to present their bodies as living sacrifices, holy and acceptable to God. The basis for this appeal is the magnificent mercies of God. The depth of the gospel message propels us into a life of all out service to Him. When we rightly understand what we’ve been saved from, we’ll desire to give our lives to Him in service, not to earn His favor or to repay Him but as a natural, loving response to what He’s already accomplished for us.
3. Serving utilizes the spiritual gifts God has given us. – In I Peter 4:10-11, we learn that each of us has been given a spiritual gift that is to be used to serve others. Each of us is on mission with God to build up the body of Christ so that all become mature in Christ. As we use our gifts in the ministries of the church, not only are we helping others grow spiritually but we also are growing into maturity.
4.Serving combats our natural self-centeredness. In Philippians 2:3-4, we learn that we are to look not only to our own interests but also to the interest of others, as a way of imitating what Christ has done for us. We are all naturally self-centered but serving in the church is a grace by which we combat those sinful tendencies and consider others more important than ourselves.