53+ Bible Verses About Serving Others and God

Shaun Connell.
Last updated
September 7, 2023
Serving others and god

Service is the cornerstone of Christian life. To serve others is to mirror the love and humility of Christ, setting aside one's own needs and desires to uplift those around them. This article is a dive into this beautiful act of selflessness, drawing inspiration from 59 Bible verses and 7 Christian quotes.

The act of serving, whether directed towards our fellow human beings or God, brings us closer to understanding the heart of Christianity. Embarking on this journey will give you a comprehensive understanding of the essence of service from the Christian perspective. Let's explore together.

The Heart of Service: Following Jesus’ Example

"For even the Son of man came not to be ministered unto, but to minister, and to give his life a ransom for many."

- Mark 10:45

"Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends."

- John 15:13

"If any man serve me, let him follow me; and where I am, there shall also my servant be: if any man serve me, him will my Father honour."

- John 12:26

"And whosoever will be chief among you, let him be your servant."

- Matthew 20:27

"And he sat down, and called the twelve, and saith unto them, If any man desire to be first, the same shall be last of all, and servant of all."

- Mark 9:35

"But he that is greatest among you shall be your servant."

- Matthew 23:11

Serving Others as an Act of Worship

"Purge out therefore the old leaven, that ye may be a new lump, as ye are unleavened. For even Christ our passover is sacrificed for us."

- 1 Corinthians 5:7

"Therefore, I beseech you brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service."

- Romans 12:1

"By love serve one another."

- Galatians 5:13

"My brethren, count it all joy when ye fall into divers temptations."

- James 1:2

"And as we have borne the image of the earthy, we shall also bear the image of the heavenly."

- 1 Corinthians 15:49

"God is not unrighteous to forget your work and labour of love, which ye have shewed toward his name, in that ye have ministered to the saints, and do minister."

- Hebrews 6:10

"And let us not be weary in well doing: for in due season we shall reap, if we faint not."

- Galatians 6:9

"For God is not unrighteous to forget your work and labour of love, which ye have shewed toward his name, in that ye have ministered to the saints, and do minister."

- Hebrews 6:10

Humility in Service

"Likewise, ye younger, submit yourselves unto the elder. Yea, all of you be subject one to another, and be clothed with humility: for God resisteth the proud, and giveth grace to the humble."

- 1 Peter 5:5

"Whosoever therefore shall humble himself as this little child, the same is greatest in the kingdom of heaven."

- Matthew 18:4

"Humble yourselves in the sight of the Lord, and he shall lift you up."

- James 4:10

"But he giveth more grace. Wherefore he saith, God resisteth the proud, but giveth grace unto the humble."

- James 4:6

"Let nothing be done through strife or vainglory; but in lowliness of mind let each esteem other better than themselves."

- Philippians 2:3

"And whosoever shall exalt himself shall be abased; and he that shall humble himself shall be exalted."

- Matthew 23:12

"The fear of the LORD is the instruction of wisdom; and before honour is humility."

- Proverbs 15:33

Serving with Joy

"Serve the LORD with gladness: come before his presence with singing."

- Psalms 100:2

"And David said to Solomon his son, Be strong and of good courage, and do it: fear not, nor be dismayed: for the LORD God, even my God, will be with thee; he will not fail thee, nor forsake thee, until thou hast finished all the work for the service of the house of the LORD."

- 1 Chronicles 28:20

"This is the day which the LORD hath made; we will rejoice and be glad in it."

- Psalms 118:24

"And whatsoever ye do, do it heartily, as to the Lord, and not unto men."

- Colossians 3:23

"Rejoicing in hope; patient in tribulation; continuing instant in prayer."

- Romans 12:12

"The joy of the LORD is your strength."

- Nehemiah 8:10b

Service as a Reflection of God’s Love

"By this shall all men know that ye are my disciples, if ye have love one to another."

- John 13:35

"A new commandment I give unto you, That ye love one another; as I have loved you, that ye also love one another."

- John 13:34

"We love him, because he first loved us."

- 1 John 4:19

"Let all your things be done with charity."

- 1 Corinthians 16:14

"And above all things have fervent charity among yourselves: for charity shall cover the multitude of sins."

- 1 Peter 4:8

"But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith."

- Galatians 5:22

"Beloved, if God so loved us, we ought also to love one another."

- 1 John 4:11

Heeding the Call to Serve

"And he said unto them, Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature."

- Mark 16:15

"For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them."

- Ephesians 2:10

"But ye shall receive power, after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you: and ye shall be witnesses unto me both in Jerusalem, and in all Judaea, and in Samaria, and unto the uttermost part of the earth."

- Acts 1:8

"Every man according as he purposeth in his heart, so let him give; not grudgingly, or of necessity: for God loveth a cheerful giver."

- 2 Corinthians 9:7

"As we have therefore opportunity, let us do good unto all men, especially unto them who are of the household of faith."

- Galatians 6:10

"Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven."

- Matthew 5:16

"And let us consider one another to provoke unto love and to good works."

- Hebrews 10:24

Enduring in Service

"But they that wait upon the LORD shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint."

- Isaiah 40:31

"Wherefore seeing we also are compassed about with so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which doth so easily beset us, and let us run with patience the race that is set before us,"

- Hebrews 12:1

"And let us not be weary in well doing: for in due season we shall reap, if we faint not."

- Galatians 6:9

"Therefore, my beloved brethren, be ye stedfast, unmoveable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, forasmuch as ye know that your labour is not in vain in the Lord."

- 1 Corinthians 15:58

"For, brethren, ye have been called unto liberty; only use not liberty for an occasion to the flesh, but by love serve one another."

- Galatians 5:13

"But watch thou in all things, endure afflictions, do the work of an evangelist, make full proof of thy ministry."

- 2 Timothy 4:5

"For even when we were with you, this we commanded you, that if any would not work, neither should he eat."

- 2 Thessalonians 3:10

"I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me."

- Philippians 4:13

Receiving Blessings Through Service

"Blessed are they that do his commandments, that they may have right to the tree of life, and may enter in through the gates into the city."

- Revelation 22:14

"And whoever gives one of these little ones only a cup of cold water in the name of a disciple, assuredly, I say to you, he shall by no means lose his reward."

- Matthew 10:42

"Give, and it shall be given unto you; good measure, pressed down, and shaken together, and running over, shall men give into your bosom. For with the same measure that ye mete withal it shall be measured to you again."

- Luke 6:38


"He that hath pity upon the poor lendeth unto the LORD; and that which he hath given will he pay him again."

- Proverbs 19:17

"And if ye do good to them which do good to you, what thank have ye? for sinners also do even the same."

- Luke 6:33

"The Lord will reward every man for his righteousness and his faithfulness."

- 1 Samuel 26:23a

"Look to yourselves, that we do not lose those things we worked for, but that we may receive a full reward."

- 2 John 1:8

Christian Quotes on Serving

"The measure of a life, after all, is not its duration, but its donation."

- Corrie Ten Boom

"The best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in the service of others."

- Martin Luther King Jr.

"God does not need your good works, but your neighbor does."

- Martin Luther

"Serve God by doing common actions in a heavenly spirit, and then, if your daily calling only leaves you cracks and crevices of time, fill them up with holy service."

- Charles Spurgeon

"The world asks, 'What does a man own?' Christ asks, 'How does he use it?'"

- Andrew Murray

"Every Christian is either a missionary or an imposter."

- Charles Spurgeon

"You have one business on earth – to save souls."

- John Wesley

In Summary

The call to serve others is an integral part of the Christian journey. Through service, we reflect God's love and compassion and strengthen our bond with Him. Each act of kindness becomes a testament to our faith, no matter how small.

"For I was an hungred, and ye gave me meat: I was thirsty, and ye gave me drink: I was a stranger, and ye took me in:"

- Matthew 25:35

"In the same way, let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven."

- Matthew 5:16

"And whatsoever ye do, do it heartily, as to the Lord, and not unto men;"

- Colossians 3:23

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Written By:

Shaun Connell

Shaun Connell is a passionate Christian businessman and investor who lives in Texas. Shaun is a Reformed Baptist who believes that the Word of God should be used in every area of life.

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