Ã¢â‚¬ÂGod . . . has made us what we are and given us new lives from Christ Jesus; and long ages ago he planned that we should spend these lives in helping othersÃ¢â‚¬ÂÃ‚Â (Ephesians 2:10 TLB).
ThereÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s a word for this:Ã‚Â ministry. Every Christian is a minister. Not every Christian is a pastor, but every Christian is to be a minister. That means you use your talents and gifts to make a contribution in life, to be a giver, not a taker.
The Bible uses these kinds of phrases 58 times: Ã¢â‚¬Å“Love one another.Ã¢â‚¬Â Ã¢â‚¬Å“Care for one another.Ã¢â‚¬Â Ã¢â‚¬Å“Pray for one another.Ã¢â‚¬Â Ã¢â‚¬Å“Encourage one another.Ã¢â‚¬Â Ã¢â‚¬Å“Help one another.Ã¢â‚¬Â Ã¢â‚¬Å“Counsel one another.Ã¢â‚¬Â Ã¢â‚¬Å“Support one another.Ã¢â‚¬Â And on and on the list goes. It is the mutual ministry of every believer in the family of God to every other believer in the family of God. ThatÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s the way God meant for it to be.
The truth is, serving God by serving others is not always easy. Sometimes youÃ¢â‚¬â„¢re going to get discouraged. So what do you do when you start to get discouraged? You remember two things.
First, you remember that youÃ¢â‚¬â„¢re going to receive a reward thatÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s going to go on for eternity. The Bible says that GodÃ‚Â Ã¢â‚¬Å“will not forget how hard you have worked for him and how you have shown your love to him by caring for other believersÃ¢â‚¬ÂÃ‚Â (Hebrews 6:10 NLT). YouÃ¢â‚¬â„¢re going to be rewarded in heaven.
Second, you remember that God uses every little thing. Nothing is insignificant when you serve God. None of it is in vain.Ã‚Â Ã¢â‚¬Å“Keep busy always in your work for the Lord, since you know that nothing you do in the LordÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s service is ever uselessÃ¢â‚¬ÂÃ‚Â (1 Corinthians 15:58 GNT).