Having a service mindset is a big deal. When you have a service mindset, a lot changes, it makes a huge difference, not only in other people’s lives but your own as well. It benefits you! I’m not saying you shouldn’t pay attention to yourself. To be good at serving others, you must take care of yourself so that you can give more of yourself to others. For example, on an airplane, they give you the safety speech where they warn you if the oxygen mask comes down then should put it on yourself first and then help those around you. God wants you to care for yourself.
God gave us the apostles, the prophets, the evangelists, the shepherds, and the teachers to equip the saints for the work of ministry. It’s for the building up of the body of Christ. It’s all about building up the body of Christ. My point is that there are a lot of different things that people were called to do. And we are now still called to do. Whatever it may look like for you. If you’re called to be a teacher, you may be a teacher as your career. If you’re a pastor if you’re an evangelist, you may have all these callings or a single one and may be working in the workplace. The point is that we’re put in these positions to go and serve others. We know from the life of Jesus that Jesus served us. See Mark 10:45- “For even the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.”
Jesus came in the flesh to serve us. God came in the flesh to serve us. That’s a big deal. Our God is big. We could serve others too. In John 13:16, we read that Jesus washed the feet of the disciples. Jesus knew that he was about to go through, but he served by washing the disciple's feet. He was humble. (see Philippians 2:4-8). This gives us a better idea that we shouldn’t just be looking out for our interests, but the interests of others. We could help build people up.
If you have a big dream, or even any dream, period, then write down. Write down your dream and what your calling is. Don’t necessarily rely on other people to be the ones to encourage you. We’ve got to encourage ourselves. We have Jesus with us.
We should be encouraging others as well. Sometimes we get caught up in this ministry versus this other ministry. Who’s bigger and all this. We need to encourage others and keep at it- the common goal- the kingdom. We are building up disciples around us and having a healthier, more full body. Teaching people to live in their fullness and go out and do the same. This is how we spread this- how we make a difference.
It’s okay if one ministry teaches something really good or this particular pastor or a specific book has impacted you. There’s nothing wrong with referring someone to a resource that has been helpful to you. Remember, there is a common goal. I start to get frustrated sometimes in some of these areas. We need to stay focused on the bigger mission and serving people. We take the nature of a servant. Let’s look at Philippians 2:4-8.
Jesus served. He’s equipped us to do the same.
In Acts 6:3-4, we read about the disciples gathering around. We know at this point, the numbers of believers were increasing, so they had to come up with a system where they started giving people positions. For instance, some men were going to distribute the food; some were going to continue praying. People were assigned responsibilities and do so helps build the body up. Sometimes within service, we can feel that some duties are inferior to others, when in fact they’re all necessary. For instance, at my church, I used to the soundboard. You don’t get much credit for this. I’m alright with that. You’re not front and center- you’re not playing the guitar on stage or singing, and it could be easy to forget the guy at the back. He’s also part of the band and is contributing to the product being created on stage.
Sometimes it can be okay to be humble and other times maybe not. It’s okay to be humble by accepting a position such a distributing food. It doesn’t say that you don’t have something else going on as well. Let’s look back at the example in Acts 6:3-4. There was a group of disciples that were assigned to go out and pray for people. They were the ones focused on ministry and prayer. Then some had to run other things too.
I believe we should all be a part of prayer and ministry, but it’s okay to be the one distributing food. We don’t look down on that position, and we don’t look up at other positions. It’s about being guided by the Holy Spirit. Serving could be at your local church. You may be serving a large group of people.
In Acts 9:36-43, we read about Tabitha. Tabitha was serving her community through charity. She was walking out her purpose and helping people. Tabitha ended up passing away. People were distraught. Peter comes along and raises her from the dead. Peter served Tabitha through his faith in God. Peter had free will to go and pray for her to be raised. As a result of Peter’s service to Tabitha, many people believe in the Lord. Do you see the ripple effect? Someone was walking in their purpose through faith and doing charity work. People knew her through her service. When she died, someone else came to serve, and now she can return to living out her purpose. She had a positive impact on people’s lives, and people knew her and were coming to the Lord because they had known her before her death and being raised by the power of God through Peter.
There is a great deal of impact that comes through service. The first step to establishing a service mindset is to let go of selfishness. When I say selfishness that’s not to say that you should stop caring for yourself. Remember earlier- I told you to take care of yourself because taking care of yourself and focusing all your energy on yourself are two different things. We need to get rid of this mindset of “it’s all about me” and “I don’t care about anyone else,” and see what Christ has done for us. We need to start to walk that out. It’s not about beating yourself up either. You could gradually get there over some time. Start with renewing your mind and establishing more of that service mindset that is focused on the kingdom.
This ties back into the example earlier, where we discussed different churches and getting into these little battles. If you are more ministry-focused, dream-focused, or purpose-focused, I’m not saying those things are bad. But, if they start to take the place of God, that’s where we have a problem. It’s all about the kingdom, which is a privilege and not pressure.
Changing your mindset from something being a pressure to being a privilege means that you get to go and help somebody instead of feeling like you have to. If I’m pursuing my purpose and I’m more financially stable, I get to give more. It’s a privilege, and it feels good. It’s connecting with your spirit- your true self. It’s great stuff! There are personal benefits to having a service mindset. These benefits include lowering blood pressure. It feels good; it calms you down and brings you into the present moment. You get that feeling of helping someone in the present moment and all this junk like guilt, shame, regret, discouragement, gets thrown out. I’m not living in fear. I’m just being patient and helping serve someone. I'm intentional. This is where I’m at right now. I’m not scrolling on my phone. I am right here right now.
Serving others also reduces stress. You gain a sense of purpose and fulfillment. You know you made an impact on someone’s life. You might feel that it was small, but you never know how big it was to them. It could be something as minor as helping someone load up groceries. It’s showing that there are still people out there who are looking to improve. Helping someone cross the street- you get the idea. There are many feel-good videos online of people helping each other. There is a huge benefit to having a service mindset. People connect to you differently. They see your authenticity. That’s why you want to make sure that you’re doing it for the right reasons. You are connecting with people because you chose to take time out of your day to acknowledge them. That’s the least we can do!
When we talk about service, it could go from quick little moments of helping somebody or helping an organization for longer periods. It’s not about each of those individual encounters- it’s the overall picture. That’s the ripple effect that we’re talking about. This is why you hear those stories about someone buying someone a drink or a coffee and then the next person, and we see how the ripple effect happens until it finally makes its way to someone who needs it. That’s just a small idea of how the ripple effect works.
I hope this served you in some way. Be blessed!