Mountain Moving Monday: Serve

Sunday, November 17, 2013

You, my brothers and sisters, were called to be free. But do not use your freedom to indulge the flesh; rather, serve one another humbly in love.” (Galatians 5:13, NIV)

Word Study: Serve

The original meaning of serve in this verse is taken from the Greek word DOULEUO, which means to be a slave to someone voluntarily; to be subject to, to bind yourself to, do service for, obey, be devoted to, zealously advance the interest of someone else.

Let’s look at the word serve in the scripture above to see how it applies to our lives.

How many times have you found yourself doing something for someone out of obligation and not out of genuine concern? You know… “You don’t really want to, but will feel guilty if you don’t, so you just do it to get it over with; and they better not ask you to help them again, because you’ll be forced to give them a piece of your mind and...”

You get the picture. Someone merely asking you to hold the door for them or fix them a glass of water causes you to erupt into a flaming ball of fury! We’ve been there and know that we can't live a life of true service to God when we neglect to serve one another genuinely. So how do we move this mountain out of our way?

The scripture above tells us not to operate after our flesh, but to use our freedom in Christ to serve one another. Out of all the things we could have been told to use our freedom in Christ for, “to serve others” was chosen; and not just to serve, but to do so in love, humbly.

Love should prompt us to serve and devote ourselves to others. We serve from an honest heart because we bind ourselves to our brothers and sisters in such a way that when they need something our hearts pull us in that direction to help their needs be met. Not because we have a hidden agenda or want to be known as Servants of the Year, but because of our love toward them and our love for God. (side note: you never know when God is using you to be a blessing to someone else.)

Serve does not mean to bind yourself to someone to be abused or mistreated, but to connect, and be near enough to voluntarily give of yourself lovingly; knowing that what you do is All for HIM, and not for your own benefit.

Without love backing your service, it is void of authenticity. We in turn serve out of obligation, fear, or with a mind of reciprocity. We make serving a trade-off when it shouldn’t be that way. When we humbly submit ourselves in service to others, they may NOT serve back; they may NOT say thank you; they may NOT even share your goodness with others. And that's okay.

We can move mountains, by serving to promote God, not ourselves.

Because everything we do should be for His glory. It should be All. For. Him.


Father, we pray right now that you remove from our hearts the notion to serve because we have to and replace it with serving because we want to. We know that when we give ourselves in service to others, we are letting you see that we serve You, first and above all. We trust that you put people in our lives and paths for a reason. We pray that our servant attitude leads them closer to you and not away from You. In the humble name of Jesus we pray, Amen.

How will you serve to move mountains today?

*Word definitions taken from the Strong’s Exhaustive Concordance*

The purpose of S.W.A.P. Ministries is to encourage women to live, not just exist, and learn how to be bold about sharing the gospel of Christ to others.

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