"[Jesus] entered a certain
village; and a certain woman named Martha welcomed Him into her
house. And she had a sister called Mary, who also sat at
Jesusí feet and heard His word. But Martha was distracted
with much serving, and she approached Him and said, 'Lord, do You
not care that my sister has left me to serve alone? Therefore tell
her to help me.' And Jesus answered and said to her, 'Martha, Martha, you
are worried and troubled about many things. But one thing is
needed, and Mary has chosen that good part, which will not be
taken away from her."
"I beseech you
therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that you present your
bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable to God, which is your
reasonable service. And do not be conformed to this world,
but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may
prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of
God." Romans 12:1-2
"Most assuredly, I
say to you, unless a grain of wheat falls into the ground and dies,
it remains alone; but if it dies, it produces much grain. He who
loves his life will lose it, and he who hates his life in this world
will keep it for eternal life. If anyone serves Me, let
him follow Me; and where I am, there My
servant will be also."
"Abhor what is evil.
Cling to what is good. Be kindly affectionate to one another
with brotherly love, in honor giving preference to one another;
not lagging in diligence, fervent in spirit, serving the Lord; rejoicing in hope, patient in tribulation,
continuing steadfastly in prayer; distributing to the
needs of the saints...."
"...how much more shall the
blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered Himself
without spot to God, cleanse your conscience from dead works to
serve the living God?"
"...the kingdom of God is
not eating and drinking, but righteousness and peace and joy in
the Holy Spirit. For he who serves Christ in these
things is acceptable to God and approved by men."
to their ability, yes, and beyond their ability, they were
freely willing, imploring us with much urgency that we
would receive the gift and the fellowship of the
ministering to the saints. And not only as we had
hoped, but they first gave themselves to the Lord, and
then to us by the will of God."
"Unto Thee, O
LORD, do I lift up my soul. O my God, I trust in Thee: let me not be
ashamed, let not mine enemies triumph over me.... Show me Thy ways,
O LORD; teach me Thy paths. Lead me in Thy truth, and teach me: for
Thou art the God of my salvation; on Thee do I wait all the day."
Serve by the
Spirit, not by the flesh
"But now we have been
delivered from the law, having died to what we were held by, so that
serve in the newness of the Spirit
and not in the oldness of the letter."
"No servant can serve
two masters; for either he will hate the one and love the other,
or else he will be loyal to the one and despise the other. You
cannot serve God and mammon."
"Remind them to be
subject to rulers and authorities, to obey, to be ready for
every good work, to speak evil of no one, to be peaceable, gentle,
showing all humility to all men. For we ourselves were also
once foolish, disobedient, deceived, serving various lusts and
pleasures, living in malice and envy, hateful and hating one
another. But when the kindness and the love of God our Savior
toward man appeared, not by works of righteousness which we have
done, but according to His mercy He saved us..."
beloved, as you have always obeyed, not as in my presence only,
but now much more in my absence, work out your own salvation with
fear and trembling; for it is God who works in you both to
will and to do for His good pleasure.
"Do all things without complaining and disputing, that you may become blameless and harmless, children of
God without fault in the midst of a crooked and perverse generation,
among whom you shine as blights in the world, holding fast
the word of life, so that I may rejoice in the day of Christ that
I have not run in vain or labored in vain.
"Yes, and if I am being poured out as a drink offering on the
sacrifice and service of your faith, I am glad and rejoice
with you all. For the same reason you also be glad and rejoice
for yourselves this day whom you will serve, whether the gods which
your fathers served that were on the other side of the River, or the
gods of the Amorites, in whose land you dwell. But as for me and my
house, we will serve the Lord."
"Bondservants, obey in
all things your masters according to the flesh, not with eye service,
as men-pleasers, but in sincerity of heart, fearing God. And
whatever you do, do it heartily, as to the Lord and not to men, knowing that from the Lord you will receive the reward of the
inheritance; for you serve the Lord Christ.
be obedient to those who are your masters according to the flesh,
with fear and trembling, in sincerity of heart, as to Christ;
not with eye service, as men-pleasers, but as bondservants of
Christ, doing the will of God from the heart, with goodwill
doing service, as to the Lord, and not to men, knowing that
whatever good anyone does, he will receive the same from the Lord,
whether he is a slave or free."
Serve God's purpose,
"..the time is coming
that whoever kills you will think that he offers God service.
And these things they will do to you because they
have not known the Father nor Me. "
"Therefore God also gave them up to uncleanness... who exchanged the truth
of God for the lie, and worshiped and served the creature rather than the
Creator...." Romans 1:24-25
"...note those who
cause divisions and offenses, contrary to the doctrine which you
learned, and avoid them. For those who are such do not serve
our Lord Jesus Christ, but their own belly, and by smooth
words and flattering speech deceive the hearts of the simple."
"... whoever desires
to become great among you shall be your servant. And whoever of you
desires to be first shall be slave of all. For even the Son of
Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give His
life a ransom for many."