Serving God IS a Joy
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Ephesian 4: 12 (KJV)
12 For the perfecting of the saints, for the work of the ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ
The saying goes that church is not to be a “spectator sport” whereby we come, watch, grab our fill, and leave. We are called to come and be a part of the life of the church, not watching from the sidelines, but getting involved. This is especially true when we become members of a local congregation; we commit to serve one another as we serve our God. This is not done out of a mere sense of obligation, but from a love that seeks to build up others.
In this verse and the following verses is set forth the purpose of the Lord in the sending forth of apostles, prophets, evangelists and elders, mentioned in the preceding verse, that purpose being the building up of the body of Christ, which is the church. But the passage goes dramatically beyond that. It is not apostles, etc., alone who are to do the ministering in the Lord’s church. “Perfecting of the saints unto the work of ministering” means that: Not only those called apostles, prophets, evangelists and pastor-teachers, but the entire church should be engaged in spiritual labor. The universal priesthood of believers is stressed here.
Here we see that the invisible power of Christ, and His visible gifts in the Church, are in cooperation “for the perfecting of the saints.” An endless variety of ministry is provided for this end. Every Divine ministry is supplied with its measure of wisdom and of grace, from the treasury of Christ. Diversities of gifts are necessary to meet a corresponding diversity in the natures of men. All these various officers, and the gifts and graces conferred upon them, were judged necessary, by the great Head of the Church, for its full instruction in the important doctrines of Christianity.
Serving not only edifies our brothers and sisters, but it witnesses to those who do not know Christ. Serving is essentially loving our neighbor. It is putting others first and seeking their good over our own. It is a tangible display of God’s love for them. Christ saw serving through love as an indicator of one’s discipleship, “By this all people will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another. (John 13:35).
Have a Great and God filled day