I have been serving in the ministry for quite some time now. Personally, I feel I have a long way to go and my efforts are nothing compared to the efforts of others who I know have been serving passionately and faithfully for decades already. Even at an old age, I still see passionate preachers who greatly love the ministry God has entrusted to them.
As I assess the joy in serving, I can confidently say that serving helps build our humility. If you want to learn how to develop humility, you need to start serving people. The greatest commandment (Matthew 22:36-40) is focused on only two individuals: God and others. Aside from loving God, we are to love others, consider the interests of others, think of others highly than ourselves. Love others, not you! That’s why if you are struggling with pride, one medicine to cure it is through service. But you need to be careful and be accountable to others because it is possible to serve in a ministry with pride. When you serve, the focus should be to serve other people and not be served. Those whom you are accountable to can help keep you in check and correct you if they see that you have wrong motives for serving. When your heart starts to become deceitful and ruled over with pride. Therefore, pride is like an odor that we emit but can’t smell (because we’re immune to it) and only other people can. Always keep God’s word in your heart – To love other people and allow service to be the application of that. Have a heart that wants to serve others and go out of your way just for the needs of someone else.
When you do this on a daily basis, you unload a part of yourself every day and every day you learn to die to yourself. When you come to that point that the focus is on others and not you, you overcome evil with good. You overcome your pride with love for others and not yourself. You lose yourself in the process. I want to encourage you that if you want to serve in a ministry, the B1G South ministry can help you in your journey. We have service every Saturday at 6pm at the 3rd floor of CCF Alabang. Just come and look for me and maybe I can help you. God bless you!