We are to be thankful and say so. We don’t only show thankfulness with our words, but also our actions. The way we show gratitude toward God is by serving others in some sort of way. Many times we see a servant as a lowly position, but the bible sees it as a great thing. Serving others is not to be looked at as another thing on a checklist or a task or job, but having a heart and attitude for serving others. We can serve someone every day – it doesn’t have to be financially blessing someone but just providing a kind word, a smile, or meeting a need for someone.
Philippians 2:1-5 (AMP) 2 Therefore if there is any encouragement and comfort in Christ [as there certainly is in abundance], if there is any consolation of love, if there is any fellowship [that we share] in the Spirit, if [there is] any [great depth of] affection and compassion, 2 make my joy complete by being of the same mind, having the same [a]love [toward one another], knit together in spirit, intent on one purpose [and living a life that reflects your faith and spreads the gospel—the good news regarding salvation through faith in Christ]. 3 Do nothing from selfishness or empty conceit [through factional motives, or strife], but with [an attitude of] humility [being neither arrogant nor self-righteous], regard others as more important than yourselves. 4 Do not merely look out for your own personal interests, but also for the interests of others. 5 Have this same attitude in yourselves which was in Christ Jesus [look to Him as your example in selfless humility],
We can spend our lives trying to get things for ourselves to make us happy or we can spend our time trying to make others happy. When we focus on making others happy then our spirit will be happy. This is not indicating we do not take care of ourselves and develop a martyr attitude. What I’m talking about is developing the desire in your heart to serve others. If we do not have that sincere desire in our heart then it will be easy to develop the martyr attitude.
1 Chronicles 16:11-13 (AMP) 11 Seek the Lord and His strength; Seek His face continually [longing to be in His presence]. 12 Remember [with gratitude] His marvelous deeds which He has done, His miracles and the judgments from His mouth, 13 O seed of Israel His servant, [a]Children of Jacob, His chosen ones!
How can we change our heart attitude? We have to start by recognizing all of the good that has happened to us in the midst of our circumstances. While the circumstances may have been horrible, you are alive and you got through them or God is helping your through them currently. It is up to us to recognize all of the good God has done for us in the midst of our circumstances. Then maybe we can help others who suffer similarly.
Romans 11:6 (AMP) 6 But if it is by grace [God’s unmerited favor], it is no longer on the basis of works, otherwise grace is no longer grace [it would not be a gift but a reward for works].
We are not saved because we serve others or because we do a lot of things for others. We are saved through the grace of God. But when we are thankful for what God has got us through, we want to truly, from the heart, show our thankfulness to Him. We can do that by serving others with a heart of love toward God and compassion for what others might be going through. Serving others is a heart attitude not an action of approval from God or from people.
Genesis 12:2 (AMP) 2 And [a]I will make you a great nation, And I will bless you [abundantly], And make your name great (exalted, distinguished); And you shall be a blessing [a source of great good to others];
If you would like to accept Jesus as your savior, and you are not quite sure how, it is as simple as saying a prayer to God letting Him know you are ready to accept Him into your life. Say this prayer if you would like to invite Jesus to live in your heart:
Father God, I love you and believe in you. I need you Lord and I am sorry for my sins and the way that I live. Lord, I want you in my life. I receive Jesus as my savior and Lord. I believe that Jesus died for me and rose from the dead. Lord take me as I am and make me the way you want me to be. God, thank you for saving me and being with me on my journey. I am looking forward to my journey with you Lord. I know you will equip me for my journey and I am glad I have you by my side as I walk this walk of Life. Thank you Lord, I love you. Amen