Teach About Serving

Serving is about more than what we do. It begins in the heart with our attitudes and motivations.

Teaching About Serving that Flows from the Inside OutAbove all else, guard your heart, for it is the wellspring of life. (Prov. 4:23)

A good person produces good out of the good stored up in his heart. An evil person produces evil out of the evil stored up in his heart, for his mouth speaks from the overflow of the heart. (Lk. 6:45)

So, teach with a focus on what’s inside so what comes out in serving will be aligned with God.

An Acrostic to Teach about Serving that Flows from the Inside Out

In teaching students to serve, focus on the following traits that describe how we should serve in ways that begin in the heart.

S – Sacrificially

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. (Mk. 10:45)

And do not forget to do good and to share with others, for with such sacrifices God is pleased (Heb. 13:6)

E – Enthusiastically

Never be lacking in zeal, but keep your spiritual fervor, serving the Lord. (Rom. 12:11)

Therefore, my dear brothers and sisters, stand firm. Let nothing move you. Always give yourselves fully to the work of the Lord, because you know that your labor in the Lord is not in vain. (1 Cor. 15:58)

R – Relationally

Be devoted to one another in love. Honor one another above yourselves. (Rom. 12:10)

Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. Rather, in humility value others above yourselves, not looking to your own interests but each of you to the interests of the others. In your relationships with one another, have the same mindset as Christ Jesus: … (Phil. 2:3-7)

V – Voluntarily

Each of you should give what you have decided in your heart to give, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver. And God is able to bless you abundantly, so that in all things at all times, having all that you need, you will abound in every good work. (2 Cor. 9:7-8)

Command them to do good, to be rich in good deeds, and to be generous and willing to share. (1 Tim. 6:18)

I – Intentionally

Serve wholeheartedly, as if you were serving the Lord, not people, (Eph. 6:7)

Therefore, my dear brothers and sisters, stand firm. Let nothing move you. Always give yourselves fully to the work of the Lord, because you know that your labor in the Lord is not in vain. (1 Cor. 15:58)

Each of you should use whatever gift you have received to serve others, as faithful stewards of God’s grace in its various forms. (1 Pet. 4:10)

N – Non-Self-sufficiently

Jesus said, “apart from Me you can do nothing.” (Jn. 15:5)

for it is God who works in you to will and to act in order to fulfill his good purpose. (Phil. 2:13)

I can do all this through him who gives me strength. (Phil. 4:13)

G – Globally

Go and make disciples of all nations … (Matt. 28:19)

Therefore, as we have opportunity, let us do good to all people, especially to those who belong to the family of believers. (Gal. 6:10)

Be wise in the way you act toward outsiders; make the most of every opportunity. (Col. 4:5)

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