Written by: Tim Wood

When it comes to serving others, try to live by these three rules:

SERVE SINCERELY – “Don’t just pretend to love others. Really love them” (Romans 12:9 NLT). God know your heart so be honest with yourself about your true motives in serving and sacrificing for others. If you need help in this area, turn to the Scriptures: “For the Word of God is living and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword. The Word is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart” (Hebrews 4:12).

SERVE SILENTLY – “When you give to the needy, do not announce it with trumpets… to be honored by men” (Matthew 6:2).  Don’t look for men’s applause, look to God. People may take your service for granted or not show you the appreciation you think you deserve. Don’t sound your own trumpet. Don’t toot your own horn. Look to God for your reward, not people. God will never disappoint you.

SERVE SELECTIVELY – You’re not called to go to every place. You’re not called to serve every need or to help every person. On two different occasions God stopped Paul from going into Asia to preach the gospel. But look what happened. “And a vision appeared to Paul in the night. A man from Macedonia stood and pleaded with him saying, ‘Come over to Macedonia and help us.’ Immediately we sought to go to Macedonia, concluding that the Lord had called us to preach the gospel to them” (Acts 16:9-10). It’s important that we follow God’s calling. When God guides us, God provides for us.

I believe if you follow these three rules for serving you will find that you serve others in humility, love and joy. That’s good for others, good for you and God will get the glory!