We naturally do the work of service with our own families, but through our giving to our church, to charitable organizations and our paying to the heathens running our country, we tend to delegate it to others.
It is high time for us to do what God created us to do. God created us to do good works and walk in them. (Eph 2:10)
God God poured out His Holy Spirit to teach us how and to empower us to do them. (Ro 8:1-17; Acts 1:7-8; 2:1-47)
Messiahs gifts to his body of believes.
“Now what does this “he went up” mean except that he also had gone down into the lower parts of the earth?The one who went down is the same one who went up above all the heavens so that all things would be fulfilled.
“And it is he who gifted some to be apostles, others to be prophets, others to be evangelists, and still others to be pastors and teachers, to equip the saints, to do the work of service /ministry, and to build up the body of the Messiah until all of us are united in the faith and in the full knowledge of God’s Son, and until we attain mature adulthood and the full standard of development in the Messiah.Then we will no longer be little children, tossed like waves and blown about by every wind of doctrine, by people’s trickery, or by clever strategies that would lead us astray. Ephesians 4:11-13 ISV
“…that we may no longer be children, tossed back and forth and carried about with every wind of doctrine, by the trickery of men, in craftiness, after the wiles of error; but speaking truth in love, we may grow up in all things into him who is the head, Messiah, from whom all the body, being fitted and knit together through that which every joint supplies, according to the working in measure of each individual part, makes the body increase to the building up of itself in love. Ephesians 4:14-16 WMB
I looked up delegate and delegated in Bible searches and found it only once and that in the Old Testament. So, I looked up a synonym, ordain. The Vines Dictionary led be to words with similar meaning and led me to the Greek Interlinear which yielded: hōrisen and hōrismenos, which have a different meaning than delegate.
Messiah Jesus put the work of service in kingdom context of you and did.
“31“But when the Son of Man comes in His glory, and all the angels with Him, then He will sit on His glorious throne. 32And all the nations will be gathered before Him; and He will separate them from one another, just as the shepherd separates the sheep from the goats; 33and He will put the sheep on His right, but the goats on the left.
“34“Then the King will say to those on His right, ‘Come, you who are blessed of My Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world. 35For I was hungry, and you gave Me something to eat; I was thirsty, and you gave Me something to drink; I was a stranger, and you invited Me in; 36naked, and you clothed Me; I was sick, and you visited Me; I was in prison, and you came to Me.’ 37Then the righteous will answer Him, ‘Lord, when did we see You hungry, and feed You, or thirsty, and give You something to drink? 38And when did we see You as a stranger, and invite You in, or naked, and clothe You? 39And when did we see You sick, or in prison, and come to You?’ 40And the King will answer and say to them, ‘Truly I say to you, to the extent that you did it for one of the least of these brothers or sisters of Mine, you did it for Me.’
“41“Then He will also say to those on His left, ‘Depart from Me, you accursed people, into the eternal fire which has been prepared for the devil and his angels; 42for I was hungry, and you gave Me nothing to eat; I was thirsty, and you gave Me nothing to drink; 43I was a stranger, and you did not invite Me in; naked, and you did not clothe Me; sick, and in prison, and you did not visit Me.’ 44Then they themselves also will answer, ‘Lord, when did we see You hungry, or thirsty, or as a stranger, or naked, or sick, or in prison, and did not take care of You?’ 45Then He will answer them, ‘Truly I say to you, to the extent that you did not do it for one of the least of these, you did not do it for Me, either.’ 46These will go away into eternal punishment, but the righteous into eternal life.” Matthew 25:31-46
It’s a good thing Jesus counts the work of service we do for family. ‘Truly I say to you, to the extent that you did it for one of the least of these brothers or sisters of Mine, you did it for Me.’
When Messiah Jesus separates the sheep from the goats, I don’t know if he will accept anything for the work of service but you did it. What do you think? firstname.lastname@example.org
“Little children, let’s not love with word or with tongue, but in deed and truth.” 1 John 3:18 ESV
“13Do not be surprised, brothers and sisters, if the world hates you. 14We know that we have passed out of death into life, because we love the brothers and sisters. The one who does not love remains in death. 15Everyone who hates his brother or sister is a murderer, and you know that no murderer has eternal life remaining in him. 16We know love by this, that He laid down His life for us; and we ought to lay down our lives for the brothers and sisters. 17But whoever has worldly goods and sees his brother or sister in need, and closes his heart ]against him, how does the love of God remain in him? 18Little children, let’s not love with word or with tongue, but in deed and truth. 19We will know by this that we are of the truth, and will set our heart at ease before Him, 20that if our heart condemns us, that God is greater than our heart, and He knows all things. 21Beloved, if our heart does not condemn us, we have confidence [g]before God; 22and whatever we ask, we receive from Him, because we keep His commandments and do the things that are pleasing in His sight.
“23This is His commandment, that we believe in the name of His Son Jesus Christ, and love one another, just as He commanded us. 24The one who keeps His commandments remains in Him, and He in him. We know by this that He remains in us, by the Spirit whom He has given us. 1 John 3:13-24 NASB