Bible verses about
Servanthood / Service

Throughout the Bible, followers of God are self-described “servants.” Paul, David, James, Moses — even Jesus Himself — define themselves by their servanthood, their willingness for God to use them however He deems best.

Serving God keeps us in humble relationship with the Creator and Ruler of the universe. Serving others allows God to work through us, ultimately bringing us all closer to Him.

I must wisely choose who I serve; no one can serve two masters

Luke 16:12-13

If you have not been faithful in that which is another’s, who will give you that which is your own? No servant can serve two masters, for either he will hate the one, and love the other; or else he will hold to one, and despise the other. You aren’t able to serve God and Mammon.

Even those who do not follow God’s laws recognize the blessings His servants receive

Daniel 3:26

Then Nebuchadnezzar came near to the mouth of the burning fiery furnace. He spoke and said, “Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego, you servants of the Most High God, come out, and come here!” Then Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego came out of the middle of the fire.

Freedom from sin is connected to serving God, leading to eternal life

Romans 6:22-23

But now, being made free from sin and having become servants of God, you have your fruit of sanctification and the result of eternal life. For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.

By God's grace, I serve Him with reverence and awe

Hebrews 12:28-29

Therefore, receiving a Kingdom that can’t be shaken, let’s have grace, through which we serve God acceptably, with reverence and awe, for our God is a consuming fire.

Jesus was a servant, anointed by God

Acts 4:27

For truly, both Herod and Pontius Pilate, with the Gentiles and the people of Israel, were gathered together against your holy servant, Jesus, whom you anointed.

I will serve God with everything I have

Exodus 10:3, 26

Moses and Aaron went in to Pharaoh, and said to him, “This is what the LORD, the God of the Hebrews, says: ‘How long will you refuse to humble yourself before me? Let my people go, that they may serve me.’”

The servant is never greater than the master

John 13:16

Most certainly I tell you, a servant is not greater than his lord, neither is one who is sent greater than he who sent him.

Every day I will choose to serve the Lord, for He is my God

Joshua 24:14-16, 18

“Now therefore fear the LORD, and serve him in sincerity and in truth. Put away the gods which your fathers served beyond the River, in Egypt; and serve the LORD. If it seems evil to you to serve the LORD, choose today whom you will serve; whether the gods which your fathers served that were 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.” The people answered, “Far be it from us that we should forsake the LORD, to serve other gods.”

Serve diligently in a way that merits God's approval

2 Timothy 2:15

Give diligence to present yourself approved by God, a workman who doesn’t need to be ashamed, properly handling the Word of Truth.

Godly service is consistent; it does not depend upon my circumstances

2 Corinthians 6:3-7

We give no occasion of stumbling in anything, that our service may not be blamed, but in everything commending ourselves, as servants of God, in great endurance, in afflictions, in hardships, in distresses, in beatings, in imprisonments, in riots, in labors, in watchings, in fastings; in pureness, in knowledge, in perseverance, in kindness, in the Holy Spirit, in sincere love, in the word of truth, in the power of God; by the armor of righteousness on the right hand and on the left.