These 15 Bible verses on serving others will help you understand why it’s important in your Christian walk.
I stared out my office window down to the street nine floors below. People were rushing about, intent on their business. Meanwhile, high up in my corporate executive office, I was drowning in misery.
I’d been sinking deeper into unhappiness for a while, with no idea how to escape it. All I could think was, “There must be more than this.”
Others didn’t understand what I was going through. After all, I was earning great money, which afforded me a comfortable lifestyle and the opportunity to run with the in-crowd.
But inside I knew that I needed to be serving others in ways that my corporate job didn’t allow.
That’s how I came to sit in church Sunday after Sunday, openly weeping during praise and worship. Fellow worshippers probably thought I was overcome by the joy of the Lord.
But really, I just wanted God to make my life count for something. I didn’t know it then, but what I needed to do was to get back on the path He’d always laid out for me.
And that path lay in serving others, just as it does for you.
The Importance Of Serving Others
As a born-again believer in Jesus Christ, you’ve been set apart by God for a specific purpose.
For we are God’s masterpiece. He has created us anew in Christ Jesus, so we can do the good things he planned for us long ago. Ephesians 2:10 (NLT)
His plan for each of His children is different—your plan may not take you across the world like mine has. But one they all have in common is serving other.
If someone has enough money to live well and sees a brother or sister in need but shows no compassion—how can God’s love be in that person? 1 John 3:17 (NLT)
Whether we do it from a stage or a soup kitchen, we serve God by serving others.
What The Bible Says About Serving
There are a plethora of Bible stories about serving others:
- The parable of Good Samaritan, about helping those who others reject as unworthy.
- Queen Esther putting her life in danger to save her fellow Jews.
- The crippled man whose friends lowered him through a roof so Jesus could heal him.
- The widow of Zarephath, who helped Elijah during a drought.
- Jesus washing His disciples’ feet, setting an example of how we should serve others.
But let’s look at what we can learn from 15 Bible verses about serving others.
5 Old Testament Scriptures On Serving Others
God has always expected His people to help and serve others, as you see in these verses.
“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.’” Deuteronomy 15:11 (ESV)
“The generous will prosper; those who refresh others will themselves be refreshed.” Proverbs 11:25 (NLT)
“Speak up for those who cannot speak for themselves; ensure justice for those being crushed.” Proverbs 31:8 (NLT)
“Feed the hungry, and help those in trouble. Then your light will shine out from the darkness, and the darkness around you will be as bright as noon.” Isaiah 58:10 (NLT)
“Those who shut their ears to the cries of the poor will be ignored in their own time of need.” Proverbs 21:13 (NLT)
These verses tell us that serving others glorifies God, is the right thing to do, and ensures that when you’re in need, someone will serve you, too.
5 New Testament Bible Verses About Serving Others
Your professed faith in Jesus saved you, which means that nothing you do can make you more or less saved. Your good works won’t make you any better.
So why should you serve others? Because it’s what God wants you to do.
The crowds asked, “What should we do?” John replied, “If you have two shirts, give one to the poor. If you have food, share it with those who are hungry.” Luke 3:10-11 (NLT)
“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.” Galatians 5:13 (ESV)
“Don’t look out only for your own interests, but take an interest in others, too.” Philippians 2:4 (NLT)
“So let’s not allow ourselves to get fatigued doing good. At the right time we will harvest a good crop if we don’t give up, or quit.” Galatians 6:9 (MSG)
“God has given each of you a gift from his great variety of spiritual gifts. Use them well to serve one another. Do you have the gift of speaking? Then speak as though God himself were speaking through you. Do you have the gift of helping others?
Do it with all the strength and energy that God supplies. Then everything you do will bring glory to God through Jesus Christ. All glory and power to him forever and ever! Amen.” 1 Peter 4:10-11 (NLT)
Do you see? When you serve others, you glorify God and attract others to Him.
5 Jesus Serving Others Bible Verses
Of course, Jesus is our ultimate example of serving others. He served the whole world by sacrificing Himself to give us a chance at eternal life and joy with God.
So let’s look at what He says in the Bible about serving others.
“For even the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve others and to give his life as a ransom for many.” Matthew 20:28 (NLT)
“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.'” Mark 9:35 (ESV)
“You are the light of the world—like a city on a hilltop that cannot be hidden. No one lights a lamp and then puts it under a basket. Instead, a lamp is placed on a stand, where it gives light to everyone in the house.
In the same way, let your good deeds shine out for all to see, so that everyone will praise your heavenly Father.” Matthew 5:14-16 (NLT)
“And if you give even a cup of cold water to one of the least of my followers, you will surely be rewarded.” Matthew 10:42 (NLT)
“And since I, your Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet, you ought to wash each other’s feet. I have given you an example to follow. Do as I have done to you.” John 13:14-15 (NLT)
You won’t do it perfectly, but follow Jesus’ example anyway. Because He said so.
Serving Others In The Bible
Back in my ninth floor corporate office, I turned away from the window and decided to volunteer at my church. And it helped to dilute my unhappiness for a few months.
But when I wholeheartedly abandoned myself to Christ so He could use me as He saw fit—not as I found convenient or comfortable—in service to others, that’s when true joy exploded my life.
I no longer stand at a corporate office window, yearning for my life to mean something. And while you don’t have to kiss your job and lifestyle goodbye the way I did, you’ll never do better than to serve others the way God leads you to.
“In everything I’ve done, I have demonstrated to you how necessary it is to work on behalf of the weak and not exploit them. You’ll not likely go wrong here if you keep remembering that our Master said, ‘You’re far happier giving than getting.'” Acts 20:35 (MSG)