15 Ways to Serve God
To serve God is to serve others1 and is the greatest form of charity: the pure love of Christ. Jesus Christ said, “A new commandment I give unto you, That ye love one another; as I have loved you, that ye also love one another.” (John 13:343). This list gives 15 ways in which we can serve God by serving others.
1. Serve God Through Your Family
To serve God starts with serving in our families. Daily we work, clean, love, support, listen to, teach, and endlessly give of ourselves to the members of our family. As we lovingly give of ourselves to our family, and serve them with hearts full of love, our acts will also be counted as service to God.
2. Give Tithes and Offerings
One of the ways we can serve God is by helping his children, our brothers and sisters, through tithing and offering. Money from tithing is used to build God’s kingdom upon the earth. Contributing financially to God’s work is a great way to serve God. Money from offerings is directly used to help the hungry, thirsty, naked, stranger, sick, and afflicted.
3. Volunteer in Your Community
There are countless ways to serve God by serving in your community.
“When you select causes to devote your time and talents and treasure to, be careful to select good causes… You can easily become involved in your community, it only takes a little effort to contact a local group, charity, or other community program.
4. Home and Visiting Teaching
Visiting each other is a vital way we have been asked to serve God by caring for one another.
As we give of ourselves in the service of God and others we will be greatly blessed.
5. Donate Clothing and Other Goods
All throughout the world there are places to donate your unused clothing, shoes, dishes, blankets/quilts, toys, furniture, books, and other items. Generously giving of these items to help others is an easy way to serve God and declutter your home at the same time. When preparing those things you are going to donate it is always appreciated if you only give those items that are clean and in working order.
6. Be a Friend
One of the simplest and easiest ways to serve God and others is by befriending one another.
“Kindness is the essence of greatness and the fundamental characteristic of the noblest men and women I have known. Kindness is a passport that opens doors and fashions friends. It softens hearts and molds relationships that can last lifetimes” Who doesn’t love and need friends? Let’s make a new friend today!
7. Serve God by Serving Children
So many children and teenagers need our love- and we can give it! “But Jesus called them unto him, and said, Suffer little children to come unto me, and forbid them not: for of such is the kingdom of God”(Luke 18:1615). Jesus Christ loves children and so too should we love and serve them.
8. Mourn with Those that Mourn
If we are to “come into the fold of God, and to be called his people” we must be “willing to bear one another’s burdens, that they may be light;. One of the easiest ways to do this is to visit and listen to those who are suffering. Carefully asking appropriate questions often helps people feel your love and empathy for them and their situation. Following the whisperings of the Spirit will help guide us to know what to say or do as we keep the Lord’s commandment to care for one another.
9. Follow Inspiration
Heed the Lord’s prompting. We must trust the Lord and let Him guide our lives.
10. Share Your Talents
Each of us have been given talents from the Lord that we should develop and use to serve God and others. Examine your life and see what talents you have. What are you good at? How could you use your talents to help those around you? Are you good with children? Offer to watch someone’s child(ren) in a time of need. Are you good with your hands? Computers? Gardening? Building? Organizing? You can help others with your skills by praying for help to develop your talents.
11. Simple Acts of Service
“God does notice us, and he watches over us. But it is usually through another person that he meets our needs. Therefore, it is vital that we serve each other in the kingdom… Sometimes all it takes to serve God is to give a smile, hug, prayer, or a friendly phone call to someone in need.
12. Serve God Through Missionary Work
“One of the most important and rewarding ways in which we can serve our fellowmen is by living and sharing the principles of the gospel. We need to help those whom we seek to serve to know for themselves that God not only loves them but he is ever mindful of them and their needs. To teach our neighbors of the divinity of the gospel is a command reiterated by the Lord: ‘It becometh every man who hath been warned to warn his neighbor.
13. Fulfill Your Callings
Members of the Church are called to serve God by serving in church callings. “Most of the priesthood bearers I know… are eager to roll up their sleeves and go to work, whatever that work might be. They faithfully perform their priesthood duties. They magnify their callings. They serve the Lord by serving others. They stand close together and lift where they stand….Faithfully serving in our callings is to faithfully serve God.
14. Use Your Creativity- It Comes from God
We are compassionate creators of a compassionate and creative being. The Lord will bless and help us as we creatively and compassionately serve one another. The Lord will bless us with the needed strength, guidance, patience, charity, and love to serve His children.
15. Serve God by Humbling Yourself
I believe it is impossible to truly serve God and His children if we, ourselves, are full of pride. I know our Heavenly Father deeply loves us- more than we can imagine- and as we follow the Savior’s command to “love one another; as I have loved you” we will be able to do so. May we find simple, yet profound ways to daily serve God as we serve each other.