Anybody can serve someone else. Why are some servants more effective than others? What is it that produces real fruit, fruit that will last?
Man’s first inclination is to work harder, and if that doesn’t work, he then tries to work smarter. People have relied on these two methods forever. The problem with this approach that it relies entirely on what man can do, and leaves God out of the equation entirely. Man plus anything but God, brings about temporary change at best.
Partnering With Jesus
Looking to make a permanent difference in the lives of others, Paul saw himself as a “fellow worker with Christ” (1 Corinthians 3:9). In other words, he did not rely solely on his talents, strengths, ministry gifts alone, but rather he and Christ worked together as he served in ministry, (See Mark 16:20; 2 Corinthians 6:1). Note that this does not give excuse for us to become slacker-servants. The point is to partner with Jesus in service, that there might be a “demonstration of the Spirit and of power, so that their faith might not rest in the wisdom of men but in the power of God” (Corinthians 2:1-5). Partnering with God in service leads people to place their faith in God (See Romans 2:4).
The Presence of God is the only thing that will have a lasting impact on the lives of people. He changes lives. You can do nothing on your own. Only when you partner with him, will your act of service have lasting impact. Only then will you see fruit that will last.
Fruit That Will Last
If you just focus on the act of serving and neglect the Presence, the impact will be no greater than that of the non-believers who feed the poor. Again, temporary at best. To have Kingdom impact, you must focus on living in the Presence of God, that way, when you serve his Presence to others, the power of co-laboring with Christ will touch the soul of the one being served, which will birth fruit that will last. As you serve, he touches the heart. In other words, when you serve his Presence to others, it paves the way for the Holy Spirit to work in the hearts of those of whom you are serving.
I encourage you to partner with Jesus as you serve the love of the Father to others. This is what you are called to. This is what Jesus calls you to. He want’s to partner with you in ministry.