We’re all Christians if we truly believe. A Christian means you are a follower of Christ.
To follow Christ means you’ve accepted all it takes to be with him, notwithstanding the temptation that comes along. If you’ve decided to follow Christ with your hearts, you’ve become a new creature.
A new creature means you are born again. Your body and mind are spiritually redeemed from the things of the world.
Fornication, adultery, stealing, murder, drunkenness, revellings (and such likes) becomes alien to your mind. You now put on a new spirit that portrays holiness, love, peace, faith, and kindness.
So, How do you serve Christ? Are there bible verses about serving God that can guide our paths? What are the rewards for serving God?
There is one thing you should know. God has not forced us to believe in his powers. He is all powerful yet wants us to make the right decisions on our own. He is not forcing us to follow him at all cost.
However, If you’ve decided to serve God, you must put on the qualities of a Christian. As a Christian, our ways must profess holiness. Our actions tell the world that we are God’s people.
Serving God means behaving like Christ. Christ is an example we must follow at all times. He was humble, generous, kind to everyone. He did not sin despite overwhelming temptations he encountered. Yet, he continued to live righteously until his death.
He healed the sick, provided for the poor, and ultimately, died for our sins. Christ is an example of humility. He was not proud. He did not kill; he did not steal; he did not lie against his father will. To serve God simply means to put on all the qualities of Jesus Christ.
What does the bible say about serving God?
An example of a man that served God is Paul. He was formerly a tormentor of the church until Christ revealed himself to him.
While traveling to Damascus to cause further harm to God’s people, he was taken as a prisoner of Christ. Christ made him an apostle to suffer for his sake. Through Christ service, he preached the word of God to the Jews and the gentiles.
Through the preaching of Paul, we learned the new era of God’s Abrahamic promise –That we are all partakers of the blessing of Abraham through Faith.
Despite being a persecutor or possible killer of Christians, he was called into God’s fold. Since that day, he became a new creature and preached the word of God to everyone, including the jews that were astonished.
Paul knew he was the least of the apostle of Jesus, yet he suffered more than all of them in God’s service. In 1 Corinthian 15:9-10, Paul said:
For I am the least of the apostles and do not even deserve to be called an apostle, because I persecuted the church of God. But by the grace of God, I am what I am, and his grace to me was not without effect. No, I worked harder than all of them—yet not I, but the grace of God that was with me
Paul was unmarried, dedicated to the service of God, and trained other leaders of the early church of Christ – Timothy, Titus. Though there is no biblical evidence of Paul’s death, he died serving Christ and knew his death was around the corner. Until his death, Paul was dedicated to serving Christ.
In 2 Timothy 4:6-8, Paul said:
For I am already being poured out as a drink offering, and the time of my departure is at hand. I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith.
Finally, there is laid up for me the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous Judge, will give to me on that Day, and not to me only but also to all who have loved His appearing.
The reward for Serving Christ
Serving God comes with a reward. Living the way that professes praise to God means we are partakers of the blessing to Abraham. Paul knew this also. He said,
but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord. Romans 6:23
Serving God comes with an eternal hope of happiness and Joy. Therefore, we must strive to follow Christ at all times to receive the reward of eternal life.
Bible verses about serving God
I have compiled several verses that show the importance and reward of serving God. Read, be edified and blessed.
1. Matthew 6:24
No one can serve two masters. Either you will hate the one and love the other, or you will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve both God and money.
There is a choice put before us by God. To chose whether to serve him or to continue in the ways of unrighteousness. The end of sinfulness is destruction, while the reward of being faithful to Christ is eternal life.
Definitely, we all want a life that is filled with milk and honey. A land that has no sorrow or pain. A land where sickness is destroyed. We want a world where there are no murderers. But this comes with a decision – the decision to serve the right master.
You cannot serve Christ and yet serve the world. For example, you cannot claim you love God and continue to sin. You cannot claim to be in Christ, and yet, you commit fornication. You also cannot claim to love God, and yet, engage in adultery. James, the apostle of Christ, said;
You adulterous people! Do you not know that friendship with the world is enmity with God? Therefore whoever wishes to be a friend of the world makes himself an enemy of God
The ways of God are good, not evil. If you associate with evil, then you’ve not known God. To partake of God’s reward of serving him, we must choose him, and avoid things of the world.
If you’ve accepted to let God be your master, then you’ve taken a bold step that pays. Now, you must repent of your old ways and cling to the things of the spirit – love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness and humility.
2. Romans 12:1
I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service
Serving Christ completely changes your natural mind. Your thoughts are renewed in holiness. On accepting Jesus and the holy spirit, your body is transformed unto righteousness.
Your body becomes God’s own and you cannot be found wanting. Your lifestyle automatically changes, and you cannot accept sin anymore
Being in Christ can be likened to wearing a white cloth. You are conscious of where you sit or go, not to stain the white colored cloth you are putting on. In the same fashion, when you have put on Christ, you must understand his commandments and follow them diligently.
You must discipline your body and put it under control. When your body tempts you to sin, you must resist it. When the lust of fornication or adultery comes around, you must subdue them. Paul, while writing to the Christians at Corinth, said:
But I discipline my body and bring it into subjection, lest, when I have preached to others, I myself should become disqualified.
1 Corinthians 9:27
3. Mark 10:45
For even the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give His life a ransom for many
There are many servants of God in the old testament. From Moses, Jacob, Isaac, Isaiah, to David. These men served God with dedication and sacrifices. They were obedient to his ways. They faced persecutions and trials, yet God protected them. They were rewarded for being God’s people.
Jesus likewise followed the will of the father. Imagine being so dominant in the heavens and yet accepted to die for sinners on earth. Christ was at the beginning of the world, yet, made himself available to die for our sins.
While on earth, he never displayed pride but humility. He was kind and healed all who believed in him. In the end, he gave his life for our sake. Through his death, we now partake of his everlasting blessings which he has promised.
Therefore, there is no other way to serve Christ except behaving like him. Paul, in the book of Philippians 2:5-8, said;
Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus: Who, being in the form of God, thought it not robbery to be equal with God:
But made himself of no reputation, and took upon him the form of a servant, and was made in the likeness of men: And being found in fashion as a man, he humbled himself, and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross
4. Colossians 3:23-24 – Serve God with all your hearts
And whatsoever ye do, do it heartily, as to the Lord, and not unto men;Knowing that of the Lord ye shall receive the reward of the inheritance: for ye serve the Lord Christ
The word “heartily” also means sincerely or genuinely. In God service, we must be happy and wholeheartedly give our all. We must live righteously at all times. We must help the poor and needy. Also, we need to happily give to the expansion of God’s church.
Whatever we do (singing, praising God, dancing, contributing, preaching, helping the poor), we must not do it grudgingly. If we do this, God has promised us eternal glory in his kingdom.
Not with eyeservice, as men-pleasers; but as the servants of Christ, doing the will of God from the heart; With good will doing service, as to the Lord, and not to men. Ephesians 6:6-7
5. 1 Corinthians 15:58
Therefore, my beloved brethren, be ye stedfast, unmoveable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, forasmuch as ye know that your labour is not in vain in the Lord
Think about men of the old testament that serve God. They did it with faith knowing that there is a reward. They faced persecutions, and some died for the faith, yet, they were not perturbed. But continued even in the face of death.
In the end, God has promised them everlasting life. God has received their sacrifice of faithfulness and will bless them as he promised.
God cannot lie about the hope he has promised us – Hope of Eternal life in a blissful kingdom.
so that by two unchangeable things, in which it is impossible for God to lie, we who have fled for refuge might have strong encouragement to hold fast to the hope set before us. We have this as a sure and steadfast anchor of the soul, a hope that enters into the inner place behind the curtain. Hebrews 6:18-19
Therefore, since we know there is a promise, we must remain steadfast and unmovable in the service to God. We must not fail to do good and eschew evil. We must be dedicated as ever to the worship of the Almighty. If we do this, we will receive the hope promised us by God.
Other Bible Verses About Serving God with Joy
6. John 12:26
If any man serve me, let him follow me; and where I am, there shall also my servant be: if any man serve me, him will my Father honour
7. 1 Samuel 12:24
Only fear the Lord, and serve him in truth with all your heart: for consider how great things he hath done for you
With my whole heart have I sought thee: O let me not wander from thy commandments. Thy word have I hid in mine heart, that I might not sin against thee. Blessed art thou, O Lord: teach me thy statutes.
With my lips have I declared all the judgments of thy mouth. I have rejoiced in the way of thy testimonies, as much as in all riches. I will meditate in thy precepts, and have respect unto thy ways. I will delight myself in thy statutes: I will not forget thy word.