Allow me to introduce this part with the passage in Acts 17:25
“Nor is he served by human hands, as though he needed anything, since He himself gives to all mankind life and breath and everything”.
If we had to stop the reading here, don’t you feel like something is wrong with all those that call themselves servants of God? If God is the one who gives it all to humanity, life, joy, peace, hope, strength, and He does not require anything in return, how then do we say that we serve Him?
We saw above that serving is about giving something, how then can we say that we are giving service to God? Are we not wasting our time really? Is it abusively that we use the term “Service”?
Do not quit on me yet. Keep on reading. Let us find out.
“…for he who does not love his brother who he has seen can’t love God who he has not seen.” (I John 4:20) Could this verse be translated in this manner when it comes to service, “…for he who does not serve his brother who he has seen, can’t serve God whom he has not seen”?
Do not try to look for such a verse in your Bible. You will not find it. Nevertheless, doesn’t this make something inside you leap? Doesn’t that interpretation say something to your inner being?
Pastor Richard Duane “Rick” Warren, founder and senior pastor of Saddleback Church, puts it in his own words this way,
« The only way to serve God is by serving other people ».
This truth brings a glimpse into what really serving God is all about.
Author Art Hochberg puts it this way,
“You can’t serve God without serving the people”.
Sure enough, he who does not serve his brother who he has seen cannot serve God whom he has not seen. Well, if that be the case, then can we consider that every service to humanity is service to God?
I hope I do not lose many of my readers at this crucial stage of the first chapter of the book. Let us dig deep into this understanding.
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