One of the aspects of the Christian life is serving. You may have heard the slogans, “Saved to serve” or “Every member a minister.” When we placed our faith in the Lord Jesus Christ we became born again Christians. We became followers of Christ. We became servants of Christ or“doulos.” “Doulos” is the Greek word for slave, which is how the Holman Christian Standard Bible renders it. This is truly the sense of the word. We are no longer slaves of sin. Now, we serve Christ. We minister for Christ. We no longer are masters of our own domain. We belong to the Lord Jesus Christ. First Corinthians 6:19-20 says, “Don’t you know that your body is a sanctuary of the Holy Spirit who is in you, whom you have from God? You are not your own, for you were bought at a price. Therefore glorify God in your body.”1 We belong to Christ and are to glorify Him. We have the privilege to serve the Lord of the entire universe! Slave is a horrible master, but the Lord Jesus is a kind and loving master. He is the good shepherd (John 10:11-18).
Why do I mention all of this? I mention it because it can be so easy to get caught up in wrong thinking. Christians can begin to think that they are not needed in local church ministry. This is completely untrue. In fact, one of the ways that God grows us spiritually and conforms us to the image of Christ is through serving Him and our local church. In the past, pastors have been referred to as “ministers.” It is true, pastors are servants of the Lord. But, a pastor is not a minister or servant because he is a pastor. He is one because he is a Christian. So Christian, do you view yourself as a servant of Christ? Better yet, are you serving Him actively? It may not always take the form of a local church ministry. When I share the gospel it frequently happens outside of the church walls.
But, the question is, are you serving Him? Or, are you leaving the serving to others in the local church?
I will leave you with this passage from the book of Titus, “This saying is trustworthy. I want you to insist on these things, so that those who have believed God might be careful to devote themselves to good works. These are good and profitable for everyone… And our people must also learn to devote themselves to good works for cases of urgent need, so that they will not be unfruitful” (3:8,14).
1Unless otherwise noted, all Scripture quotations are taken from the Holman Christian Standard Bible®, Copyright © 1999, 2000, 2002, 2003, 2009 by Holman Bible Publishers. Used by permission. Holman Christian Standard Bible®, HCSB®, and Holman CSB® are federally registered trademarks of Holman Bible Publishers.The Holy Bible: Holman Christian Standard Version. (Nashville: Holman Bible Publishers, 2009).