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People have the misconception that being “called” by God is something only missionaries, preachers, and other church leaders experience. But the Bible says everyone is called to serve God by serving others.


“You, my brothers, were called to be free. But do not use your freedom to indulge the sinful nature; rather, serve one another in love.” (Galatians 5:13)


We are not saved BY serving, but we are saved FOR serving. The Apostle Paul gives three simple teachings that illustrate this:

  • First, the basis for serving others is salvation. Paul says, “You were called to be free.” You cannot serve God until you’ve been set free by Jesus. It’s the fundamental requirement for serving.

  • Second, selfishness can be a clear roadblock to serving.. Paul warns, “Do not use your freedom to indulge the sinful nature.” The number one reason we don’t have the time or energy to serve others is that we’re preoccupied with our own agendas, dreams, and pleasures.

  • Third, the motive for serving must always start with love. Paul says, “Serve one another in love.” This is an important key to building community: 1 Corinthians 13:3 records, “No matter what I say, what I believe, and what I do, I’m bankrupt without love.” (MSG)


God is far more interested in why you serve others than in how well you serve them. He’s always looking at your heart, serving willingly and eagerly out of love for Jesus and gratitude for all he’s done for you.

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