Why We Serve
We love because he first loved us.
— 1 John 4:19, NIV
For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.
— Ephesians 2:10, NIV
In everything I did, I showed you that by this kind of hard work we must help the weak, remembering the words the Lord Jesus himself said: “It is more blessed to give than to receive.”
— Acts 20:35, NIV
But now, by dying to what once bound us, we have been released from the law so that we serve in the new way of the Spirit, and not in the old way of the written code. — Romans 7:6, NIV
We who are strong ought to bear with the failings of the weak and not to please ourselves.
— Romans 15:1, NIV
Carry each other’s burdens, and in this way you will fulfill the law of Christ.
— Galatians 6:2, NIV
Anyone who has been stealing must steal no longer, but must work, doing something useful with their own hands, that they may have something to share with those in need.
— Ephesians 4:28, NIV
Sitting down, Jesus called the Twelve and said, “Anyone who wants to be first must be the very last, and the servant of all.”
— Mark 9:35, NIV
Dear children, let us not love with words or speech but with actions and in truth.
— 1 John 3:18, NIV
What good is it, my brothers and sisters, if someone claims to have faith but has no deeds? Can such faith save them? Suppose a brother or a sister is without clothes and daily food. If one of you says to them, “Go in peace; keep warm and well fed,” but does nothing about their physical needs, what good is it? In the same way, faith by itself, if it is not accompanied by action, is dead.
— James 2:14–17, NIV
Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up.
— Galatians 6:9, NIV
For though I am free from all, I have made myself a servant to all, that I might win more of them.
— 1 Corinthians 9:19, ESV
Therefore, I urge you, brothers and sisters, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God — this is your true and proper worship.
— Romans 12:1, NIV
When he had finished washing their feet, he put on his clothes and returned to his place. “Do you understand what I have done for you?” he asked them. “You call me ‘Teacher’ and ‘Lord,’ and rightly so, for that is what I am. Now that I, your Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet, you also should wash one another’s feet.”
— John 13:12–14, NIV
“Just as the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.”
— Matthew 20:28, NIV