If you want to better understand why God is so concerned about the food on your plate, the clothes on your back, and the car you drive, then you’re in for a great read. God is always there for you and He is always ready to help you. Whenever you need Him, He will be there. Go ahead and give it a shot! How can a Christian live a life of service? What does it mean to serve? How do you do it? These are some of the questions I hope to answer in this blog. I have written about service from a developmental theory, helping us to understand how we grow in our ability to serve, as well as from the perspective of our relationship with God.
Service is one of the most important aspects of life. It is a concept that far too many people overlook. As we are called upon to serve others, there is a lesson and a reward for us all. These Bible verses about service will inspire you toward a more compassionate way of life. The Bible has many verses about service, encouraging us to serve others. These Bible verses make it clear that service is a central aspect of Christian living and a fundamental part of the gospel message.
Bible Verses About Service
1 Peter 4:10 ESV / 290 helpful votes
As each has received a gift, use it to serve one another, as good stewards of God’s varied grace:
1 Peter 4:9-11 ESV / 237 helpful votes
Show hospitality to one another without grumbling. As each has received a gift, use it to serve one another, as good stewards of God’s varied grace: whoever speaks, as one who speaks oracles of God; whoever serves, as one who serves by the strength that God supplies—in order that in everything God may be glorified through Jesus Christ. To him belong glory and dominion forever and ever. Amen.
Galatians 5:13 ESV / 220 helpful votes
For you were called to freedom, brothers. Only do not use your freedom as an opportunity for the flesh, but through love serve one another.
Mark 10:45 ESV / 194 helpful votes
For even the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.”
Colossians 3:23-24 ESV / 131 helpful votes
Whatever you do, work heartily, as for the Lord and not for men, knowing that from the Lord you will receive the inheritance as your reward. You are serving the Lord Christ.
Isaiah 58:10 ESV / 123 helpful votes
If you pour yourself out for the hungry and satisfy the desire of the afflicted, then shall your light rise in the darkness and your gloom be as the noonday.
Matthew 25:35-40 ESV / 116 helpful votes
For I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me drink, I was a stranger and you welcomed me, I was naked and you clothed me, I was sick and you visited me, I was in prison and you came to me.’ Then the righteous will answer him, saying, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you drink? And when did we see you a stranger and welcome you, or naked and clothe you? And when did we see you sick or in prison and visit you?’ …
Mark 9:35 ESV / 104 helpful votes
And he sat down and called the twelve. And he said to them, “If anyone would be first, he must be last of all and servant of all.”
Romans 12:11 ESV / 100 helpful votes
Do not be slothful in zeal, be fervent in spirit, serve the Lord.
John 12:26 ESV / 100 helpful votes
If anyone serves me, he must follow me; and where I am, there will my servant be also. If anyone serves me, the Father will honor him.
Matthew 6:24 ESV / 87 helpful votes
“No one can serve two masters, for either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and money.
James 2:18 ESV / 80 helpful votes
But someone will say, “You have faith and I have works.” Show me your faith apart from your works, and I will show you my faith by my works.
Matthew 20:26-28 ESV / 80 helpful votes
It shall not be so among you. But whoever would be great among you must be your servant, and whoever would be first among you must be your slave, even as the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.”
Hebrews 6:10 ESV / 72 helpful votes
For God is not unjust so as to overlook your work and the love that you have shown for his name in serving the saints, as you still do.
Matthew 20:28 ESV / 68 helpful votes
Even as the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.”
Romans 12:1 ESV / 60 helpful votes
I appeal to you therefore, brothers, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God, which is your spiritual worship.
Romans 12:6-7 ESV / 59 helpful votes
Having gifts that differ according to the grace given to us, let us use them: if prophecy, in proportion to our faith; if service, in our serving; the one who teaches, in his teaching;
1 Samuel 12:24 ESV / 59 helpful votes
Only fear the Lord and serve him faithfully with all your heart. For consider what great things he has done for you.
Ephesians 4:28 ESV / 58 helpful votes
Let the thief no longer steal, but rather let him labor, doing honest work with his own hands, so that he may have something to share with anyone in need.
Acts 20:35 ESV / 58 helpful votes
In all things I have shown you that by working hard in this way we must help the weak and remember the words of the Lord Jesus, how he himself said, ‘It is more blessed to give than to receive.’”
Ephesians 2:10 ESV / 56 helpful votes
For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them.
Matthew 23:11 ESV / 56 helpful votes
The greatest among you shall be your servant.
Matthew 10:42 ESV / 55 helpful votes
And whoever gives one of these little ones even a cup of cold water because he is a disciple, truly, I say to you, he will by no means lose his reward.”
Luke 6:38 ESV / 53 helpful votes
Give, and it will be given to you. Good measure, pressed down, shaken together, running over, will be put into your lap. For with the measure you use it will be measured back to you.”
Joshua 22:5 ESV / 53 helpful votes
Only be very careful to observe the commandment and the law that Moses the servant of the Lord commanded you, to love the Lord your God, and to walk in all his ways and to keep his commandments and to cling to him and to serve him with all your heart and with all your soul.”
Hebrews 6:10-12 ESV / 51 helpful votes
For God is not unjust so as to overlook your work and the love that you have shown for his name in serving the saints, as you still do. And we desire each one of you to show the same earnestness to have the full assurance of hope until the end, so that you may not be sluggish, but imitators of those who through faith and patience inherit the promises.
Proverbs 11:25 ESV / 51 helpful votes
Whoever brings blessing will be enriched, and one who waters will himself be watered.
2 Corinthians 9:12-13 ESV / 50 helpful votes
For the ministry of this service is not only supplying the needs of the saints but is also overflowing in many thanksgivings to God. By their approval of this service, they will glorify God because of your submission flowing from your confession of the gospel of Christ, and the generosity of your contribution for them and for all others,
Matthew 25:40 ESV / 47 helpful votes
And the King will answer them, ‘Truly, I say to you, as you did it to one of the least of these my brothers, you did it to me.’
1 Corinthians 15:58 ESV / 45 helpful votes
Therefore, my beloved brothers, be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that in the Lord your labor is not in vain.
Romans 12:9-13 ESV / 44 helpful votes
Let love be genuine. Abhor what is evil; hold fast to what is good. Love one another with brotherly affection. Outdo one another in showing honor. Do not be slothful in zeal, be fervent in spirit, serve the Lord. Rejoice in hope, be patient in tribulation, be constant in prayer. Contribute to the needs of the saints and seek to show hospitality.
John 13:12-17 ESV / 44 helpful votes
When he had washed their feet and put on his outer garments and resumed his place, he said to them, “Do you understand what I have done to you? You call me Teacher and Lord, and you are right, for so I am. If I then, your Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet, you also ought to wash one another’s feet. For I have given you an example, that you also should do just as I have done to you. Truly, truly, I say to you, a servant is not greater than his master, nor is a messenger greater than the one who sent him. …
Proverbs 19:17 ESV / 42 helpful votes
Whoever is generous to the poor lends to the Lord, and he will repay him for his deed.
Bible Verse About Service And Leadership
Philippians 2:1-11 ESV / 41 helpful votes
So if there is any encouragement in Christ, any comfort from love, any participation in the Spirit, any affection and sympathy, complete my joy by being of the same mind, having the same love, being in full accord and of one mind. Do nothing from rivalry or conceit, but in humility count others more significant than yourselves. Let each of you look not only to his own interests, but also to the interests of others. Have this mind among yourselves, which is yours in Christ Jesus, …
Galatians 5:13-14 ESV / 41 helpful votes
For you were called to freedom, brothers. Only do not use your freedom as an opportunity for the flesh, but through love serve one another. For the whole law is fulfilled in one word: “You shall love your neighbor as yourself.”
Matthew 25:21 ESV / 41 helpful votes
His master said to him, ‘Well done, good and faithful servant. You have been faithful over a little; I will set you over much. Enter into the joy of your master.’
Galatians 6:10 ESV / 40 helpful votes
So then, as we have opportunity, let us do good to everyone, and especially to those who are of the household of faith.
2 Corinthians 4:5 ESV / 40 helpful votes
For what we proclaim is not ourselves, but Jesus Christ as Lord, with ourselves as your servants for Jesus’ sake.
Romans 12:1-21 ESV / 40 helpful votes
I appeal to you therefore, brothers, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God, which is your spiritual worship. Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect. For by the grace given to me I say to everyone among you not to think of himself more highly than he ought to think, but to think with sober judgment, each according to the measure of faith that God has assigned. For as in one body we have many members, and the members do not all have the same function, so we, though many, are one body in Christ, and individually members one of another. …
1 John 3:18 ESV / 39 helpful votes
Little children, let us not love in word or talk but in deed and in truth.
Colossians 3:23 ESV / 39 helpful votes
Whatever you do, work heartily, as for the Lord and not for men,
Colossians 3:17 ESV / 39 helpful votes
And whatever you do, in word or deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.
Luke 22:27 ESV / 39 helpful votes
For who is the greater, one who reclines at table or one who serves? Is it not the one who reclines at table? But I am among you as the one who serves.
Hebrews 9:14 ESV / 38 helpful votes
How much more will the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered himself without blemish to God, purify our conscience from dead works to serve the living God.
Joshua 24:15 ESV / 38 helpful votes
And if it is evil in your eyes to serve the Lord, choose this day whom you will serve, whether the gods your fathers served in the region beyond the River, or the gods of the Amorites in whose land you dwell. But as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord.”
1 Peter 1:12 ESV / 37 helpful votes
It was revealed to them that they were serving not themselves but you, in the things that have now been announced to you through those who preached the good news to you by the Holy Spirit sent from heaven, things into which angels long to look.
1 Timothy 1:12 ESV / 37 helpful votes
I thank him who has given me strength, Christ Jesus our Lord, because he judged me faithful, appointing me to his service,
Galatians 6:9 ESV / 37 helpful votes
And let us not grow weary of doing good, for in due season we will reap, if we do not give up.
Acts 26:6-7 ESV / 37 helpful votes
And now I stand here on trial because of my hope in the promise made by God to our fathers, to which our twelve tribes hope to attain, as they earnestly worship night and day. And for this hope I am accused by Jews, O king!
Deuteronomy 13:4 ESV / 37 helpful votes
You shall walk after the Lord your God and fear him and keep his commandments and obey his voice, and you shall serve him and hold fast to him.
Mark 10:44-45 ESV / 36 helpful votes
And whoever would be first among you must be slave of all. For even the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.”
James 2:26 ESV / 35 helpful votes
For as the body apart from the spirit is dead, so also faith apart from works is dead.
Galatians 6:2 ESV / 34 helpful votes
Bear one another’s burdens, and so fulfill the law of Christ.
Psalm 23:1-6 ESV / 33 helpful votes
A Psalm of David. The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want. He makes me lie down in green pastures. He leads me beside still waters. He restores my soul. He leads me in paths of righteousness for his name’s sake. Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me. You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies; you anoint my head with oil; my cup overflows. …
Philippians 2:4 ESV / 32 helpful votes
Let each of you look not only to his own interests, but also to the interests of others.
Romans 7:6 ESV / 32 helpful votes
But now we are released from the law, having died to that which held us captive, so that we serve in the new way of the Spirit and not in the old way of the written code.
Romans 12:8 ESV / 31 helpful votes
The one who exhorts, in his exhortation; the one who contributes, in generosity; the one who leads, with zeal; the one who does acts of mercy, with cheerfulness.
Romans 6:13 ESV / 31 helpful votes
Do not present your members to sin as instruments for unrighteousness, but present yourselves to God as those who have been brought from death to life, and your members to God as instruments for righteousness.
John 13:1-17 ESV / 31 helpful votes
Now before the Feast of the Passover, when Jesus knew that his hour had come to depart out of this world to the Father, having loved his own who were in the world, he loved them to the end. During supper, when the devil had already put it into the heart of Judas Iscariot, Simon’s son, to betray him, Jesus, knowing that the Father had given all things into his hands, and that he had come from God and was going back to God, rose from supper. He laid aside his outer garments, and taking a towel, tied it around his waist. Then he poured water into a basin and began to wash the disciples’ feet and to wipe them with the towel that was wrapped around him. …
Matthew 6:33 ESV / 31 helpful votes
But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.
Psalm 34:22 ESV / 31 helpful votes
The Lord redeems the life of his servants; none of those who take refuge in him will be condemned.
James 1:27 ESV / 30 helpful votes
Religion that is pure and undefiled before God, the Father, is this: to visit orphans and widows in their affliction, and to keep oneself unstained from the world.
2 Timothy 3:16-17 ESV / 30 helpful votes
All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, that the man of God may be competent, equipped for every good work.
Psalm 37:23 ESV / 30 helpful votes
The steps of a man are established by the Lord, when he delights in his way;
1 Peter 2:16 ESV / 29 helpful votes
Live as people who are free, not using your freedom as a cover-up for evil, but living as servants of God.
John 13:14 ESV / 29 helpful votes
If I then, your Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet, you also ought to wash one another’s feet.
Proverbs 22:9 ESV / 29 helpful votes
Whoever has a bountiful eye will be blessed, for he shares his bread with the poor.
Bible Verses About Serving The Church
Esther 5:1-14 ESV / 29 helpful votes
On the third day Esther put on her royal robes and stood in the inner court of the king’s palace, in front of the king’s quarters, while the king was sitting on his royal throne inside the throne room opposite the entrance to the palace. And when the king saw Queen Esther standing in the court, she won favor in his sight, and he held out to Esther the golden scepter that was in his hand. Then Esther approached and touched the tip of the scepter. And the king said to her, “What is it, Queen Esther? What is your request? It shall be given you, even to the half of my kingdom.” And Esther said, “If it please the king, let the king and Haman come today to a feast that I have prepared for the king.” Then the king said, “Bring Haman quickly, so that we may do as Esther has asked.” So the king and Haman came to the feast that Esther had prepared. …
Deuteronomy 15:11 ESV / 29 helpful votes
For there will never cease to be poor in the land. Therefore I command you, ‘You shall open wide your hand to your brother, to the needy and to the poor, in your land.’
1 John 3:17-18 ESV / 28 helpful votes
But if anyone has the world’s goods and sees his brother in need, yet closes his heart against him, how does God’s love abide in him? Little children, let us not love in word or talk but in deed and in truth.
James 2:14-17 ESV / 28 helpful votes Thank you for your vote.
What good is it, my brothers, if someone says he has faith but does not have works? Can that faith save him? If a brother or sister is poorly clothed and lacking in daily food, and one of you says to them, “Go in peace, be warmed and filled,” without giving them the things needed for the body, what good is that? So also faith by itself, if it does not have works, is dead.
John 3:16-17 ESV / 28 helpful votes
“For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life. For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but in order that the world might be saved through him.
Deuteronomy 10:12-13 ESV / 28 helpful votes
“And now, Israel, what does the Lord your God require of you, but to fear the Lord your God, to walk in all his ways, to love him, to serve the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul, and to keep the commandments and statutes of the Lord, which I am commanding you today for your good?
Colossians 3:24 ESV / 27 helpful votes
Knowing that from the Lord you will receive the inheritance as your reward. You are serving the Lord Christ.
2 Chronicles 15:7 ESV / 27 helpful votes
But you, take courage! Do not let your hands be weak, for your work shall be rewarded.”
1 Peter 4:10-11 ESV / 26 helpful votes
As each has received a gift, use it to serve one another, as good stewards of God’s varied grace: whoever speaks, as one who speaks oracles of God; whoever serves, as one who serves by the strength that God supplies—in order that in everything God may be glorified through Jesus Christ. To him belong glory and dominion forever and ever. Amen.
1 Timothy 6:17-19 ESV / 26 helpful votes
As for the rich in this present age, charge them not to be haughty, nor to set their hopes on the uncertainty of riches, but on God, who richly provides us with everything to enjoy. They are to do good, to be rich in good works, to be generous and ready to share, thus storing up treasure for themselves as a good foundation for the future, so that they may take hold of that which is truly life.
Matthew 20:26 ESV / 26 helpful votes
It shall not be so among you. But whoever would be great among you must be your servant,
Hebrews 13:16 ESV / 25 helpful votes
Do not neglect to do good and to share what you have, for such sacrifices are pleasing to God.
Ephesians 6:7 ESV / 25 helpful votes
Rendering service with a good will as to the Lord and not to man,
Luke 6:35 ESV / 25 helpful votes
But love your enemies, and do good, and lend, expecting nothing in return, and your reward will be great, and you will be sons of the Most High, for he is kind to the ungrateful and the evil.
Revelation 1:1-20 ESV / 23 helpful votes
The revelation of Jesus Christ, which God gave him to show to his servants the things that must soon take place. He made it known by sending his angel to his servant John, who bore witness to the word of God and to the testimony of Jesus Christ, even to all that he saw. Blessed is the one who reads aloud the words of this prophecy, and blessed are those who hear, and who keep what is written in it, for the time is near. John to the seven churches that are in Asia: Grace to you and peace from him who is and who was and who is to come, and from the seven spirits who are before his throne, and from Jesus Christ the faithful witness, the firstborn of the dead, and the ruler of kings on earth. To him who loves us and has freed us from our sins by his blood …
1 Peter 4:11 ESV / 23 helpful votes
Whoever speaks, as one who speaks oracles of God; whoever serves, as one who serves by the strength that God supplies—in order that in everything God may be glorified through Jesus Christ. To him belong glory and dominion forever and ever. Amen.
Ephesians 5:21 ESV / 23 helpful votes
Submitting to one another out of reverence for Christ.
Revelation 20:11-15 ESV / 22 helpful votes
Then I saw a great white throne and him who was seated on it. From his presence earth and sky fled away, and no place was found for them. And I saw the dead, great and small, standing before the throne, and books were opened. Then another book was opened, which is the book of life. And the dead were judged by what was written in the books, according to what they had done. And the sea gave up the dead who were in it, Death and Hades gave up the dead who were in them, and they were judged, each one of them, according to what they had done. Then Death and Hades were thrown into the lake of fire. This is the second death, the lake of fire. And if anyone’s name was not found written in the book of life, he was thrown into the lake of fire.
Ephesians 4:12 ESV / 22 helpful votes
To equip the saints for the work of ministry, for building up the body of Christ,
John 13:15 ESV / 22 helpful votes
For I have given you an example, that you also should do just as I have done to you.
John 13:3-5 ESV / 22 helpful votes
Jesus, knowing that the Father had given all things into his hands, and that he had come from God and was going back to God, rose from supper. He laid aside his outer garments, and taking a towel, tied it around his waist. Then he poured water into a basin and began to wash the disciples’ feet and to wipe them with the towel that was wrapped around him.
Proverbs 28:27 ESV / 22 helpful votes
Whoever gives to the poor will not want, but he who hides his eyes will get many a curse.
Proverbs 14:21 ESV / 22 helpful votes
Whoever despises his neighbor is a sinner, but blessed is he who is generous to the poor.
Psalm 91:1-16 ESV / 22 helpful votes
He who dwells in the shelter of the Most High will abide in the shadow of the Almighty. I will say to the Lord, “My refuge and my fortress, my God, in whom I trust.” For he will deliver you from the snare of the fowler and from the deadly pestilence. He will cover you with his pinions, and under his wings you will find refuge; his faithfulness is a shield and buckler. You will not fear the terror of the night, nor the arrow that flies by day, …
1 Peter 4:1-19 ESV / 21 helpful votes
Since therefore Christ suffered in the flesh, arm yourselves with the same way of thinking, for whoever has suffered in the flesh has ceased from sin, so as to live for the rest of the time in the flesh no longer for human passions but for the will of God. For the time that is past suffices for doing what the Gentiles want to do, living in sensuality, passions, drunkenness, orgies, drinking parties, and lawless idolatry. With respect to this they are surprised when you do not join them in the same flood of debauchery, and they malign you; but they will give account to him who is ready to judge the living and the dead. …
Romans 12:20 ESV / 21 helpful votes
To the contrary, “if your enemy is hungry, feed him; if he is thirsty, give him something to drink; for by so doing you will heap burning coals on his head.”
Romans 12:10-11 ESV / 21 helpful votes
Love one another with brotherly affection. Outdo one another in showing honor. Do not be slothful in zeal, be fervent in spirit, serve the Lord.
Luke 1:37 ESV / 20 helpful votes
For nothing will be impossible with God.”
Psalm 2:11 ESV / 20 helpful votes
Serve the Lord with fear, and rejoice with trembling.