How do you serve God?
The most active, crucial way you can serve God is by following Jesus’ example and command to make disciples. Before His ascension, Jesus told His followers:
“All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.”
This is the work of God: this is how you serve.
If you’re not prioritizing the core gospel message in your life, you’re not prioritizing God. If the other occupations you have--the big and the small--shut out any time to obey the call to make disciples, then you are not living with an eternal perspective, and you are not walking in obedience to God.
Jesus told His disciples that the greatest commandments were to love God with everything you have, and to love your neighbor like you love yourself (Mk. 12:30-31). However, too often it’s woefully easy to act “lovingly” (kindly, friendly, generously, gently, patiently) but say nothing that actually leads people to salvation.
Church, this is not love. How can you love someone if you withhold the thing that matters above everything, the thing that will save their life?
Perhaps you feel like you lack the authority or the knowledge to really share the gospel. Here’s some great news: if you have a testimony, you’re ready to share the gospel. God’s not looking for degrees and genius IQ’s, He’s looking for ready hearts. It’s time, as the body of Christ, to get up and put our hands to work with the wisdom we already have, and trust God to make the way for His own word to go out and bring a harvest. He’s been working with imperfect people pretty much since people were invented, and He’s definitely capable of working with you.
Excited? Great. Scared? That’s okay. Pray for boldness, but while you pray, talk scared. This is literally the most important work you will ever do.
How can you begin today?
Pray and prepare for readiness to share the reason for hope in you
Pray for boldness
Pray for the people you know and for God to soften the hearts of those who don’t know Him yet