Yesterday I talked about serving God and how that’s an honor to be chosen to serve in whatever capacity He calls us. This, of course, begs the next question, “Does God need our service?” The logical answer is, “No, God, Creator of all things, does not need our service.” However, it’s one thing to make a logical assumption and stop right there and quite another to back it up with Scripture. So let me go back to a passage of Scripture that I’ve used recently in another devotional:
The God who made the world and all things in it, since He is Lord of heaven and earth, does not dwell in temples made with hands; nor is He served by human hands, as though He needed anything, since He Himself gives to all people life and breath and all things; and He made from one man every nation of mankind to live on all the face of the earth, having determined their appointed times and the boundaries of their habitation, that they would seek God, if perhaps they might grope for Him and find Him, though He is not far from each one of us; for in Him we live and move and exist, as even some of your own poets have said, ‘For we also are His children.’ – Acts 17:24-28, NASB
I used this set of verses to describe the purpose of worship, but it also reminds us of who service is for. Being in God’s service isn’t for God. These verses tell us that He is not served by human hands. He doesn’t need anything. So if being in God’s service isn’t for God, who is it for? It is for the Church:
And He gave some as apostles, and some as prophets, and some as evangelists, and some as pastors and teachers, for the equipping of the saints for the work of service, to the building up of the body of Christ; until we all attain to the unity of the faith, and of the knowledge of the Son of God, to a mature man, to the measure of the stature which belongs to the fullness of Christ. – Ephesians 4:11-13, NASB
God has provided us with gifts and positions within the body of Christ. All of this is for works of service so we can build up the body of Christ. We are striving for unity in our faith. We are looking to increase our knowledge of His Son and our Savior, Jesus Christ, and to increase in our maturity (both spiritually and emotionally). Our service helps all of that. Not only does it help others as we minister to them, but it helps us, too. As we serve one another, we build the Church. That’s why serving God is so important. If we don’t serve Him, and serve Him well, ultimately the Church suffers. We suffer. And that’s not good.
Yes, service to God is our duty and it is an honor and a privilege. But it is also a way to strengthen our faith, to further the Kingdom, to help other believers, and receive help ourselves. God doesn’t need our service, but we need our service. There is something for all of us within the greater body of Christ. The key is to search God’s heart, find out where to serve, and begin doing so. Saying that we don’t have anything to give is nonsense. Notice who does the giving and the equipping. God does it. It isn’t up to us. It is up to Him. And He is faithful to ensure we have what we need to serve. Both to serve Him and to serve each other in our service to Him.