In Israel’s Dead Sea nothing lives. The fresh, clean water from the Jordan River runs into it, but the water never leaves. The water becomes stagnant, lifeless, and useless. Far too many Christians are like the Dead Sea—they absorb all the love of our merciful Savior but never give out. Faith without works is dead faith—stagnant, lifeless, and useless.
Behold, bless the LORD, All you servants of the LORD, . . . Praise the name of the LORD; Praise Him, O you servants of the LORD! (Ps. 134:1; 135:1)
We need to take an inventory of our service to the Lord by asking these questions:
The answer for some of us would point to a stagnant, lifeless, loveless church that is good for nothing.
The person who lives for self also dies the same way—alone. It is easy to be selfish if you can get along without family and friends. We hear self-centeredness in our speech: my house, my feeling, my desires, my future, my goals, and my church. The measure of a man’s greatness is not in the number of servants he has, but in the number of people he serves (see Matt. 20:26, 27; 23:11). The successful man is not the one who walks over others to get his way. Instead, the man is successful who helps others attain success in their endeavors.
The serving Savior gave us numerous examples of where, what, when and why. His service drove Him to Samaria to minister to the social outcast. His service caused Him to touch the rotting flesh of lepers. His service stopped a funeral procession to raise the widow’s son back to life. Service can be done anywhere and anytime. But it is to be done for the glory of God before men, “that they may see your good works and glorify your Father in heaven” (Matt. 5:16).
A Believer without service is a tree without fruit or a well without water. The church without service is an empty shell. Today’s church is obsessed with attracting the “right people.” Anyone who is lost or hurting is the right person. Anyone. God’s house should be a beehive of workers or the headquarters for an army of spiritual warriors. Our impact in the world would be great if everyone in our churches volunteered just a few hours of time to help the sick, reach the lost, minister to those in prison, or comfort the bereaved.