• Phill Tague

Serving vs. Serving Free



"Do all the good you can, by all the means you can, in all the ways you can, in all the places you can, at all the times you can, to all the people you can, as long as you can…" (John Wesley)


This is easily my favorite John Wesley quote. You may not have a favorite Wesley quote. In fact, you may not have a clue who John Wesley was. To me, he was kind of a big deal. John Wesley was an 18th century Pastor in the Anglican Church whose heart broke for the things he could see were “missing” in the church; things like community, accountability, social justice and service. He risked his credentials, his reputation, even his life at times, in order to see these things established. It was through his efforts that the Methodist movement was born.


This movement eventually gave birth to what is currently known as The Wesleyan Church. And our church, The Ransom Church, is uniquely, distinctly and unapologetically Wesleyan. And so is the quote above. It was because of this quote and others like it that a passion for service was instilled in me. This call to serve free of self is blanketed through the scriptures. In Matthew 20, Jesus calls us to this type of attitude in a verse near and dear to our church:


28 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)


Jesus came to be our Ransom. And Jesus came to serve free. That’s something I can get behind.


I think this idea inspires people, I really do. But I also think there is a cost to serving free that people don’t anticipate. A common occurrence is for people to tell us how much they would LOVE to serve, but then list all the reasons they can’t or why it won’t work with their schedules.

Um...hello? It’s serving FREE. There is no version of true service that doesn’t come at a cost. If you are going to serve, it is going to mean you have to say no to something else. I’m not saying serving should be your ONLY priority- my kids do show choir and we all love it. And it takes a LOT of time. All I’m saying is when you serve- count the cost. There are going to be times you don’t want to serve, but have to anyway. There are going to be times you’re tired from a busy weekend, but you said you would serve. In those moments, I want to challenge you to serve free of self. “There are also going to be moments when serving feels really good but those can’t be why we serve. That is not surrender, that’s an idol."


Serving free is a mindset. If you aren’t willing to be inconvenienced, don’t serve free. But if you truly do want to choose to serve free, then take advice from Wesley:


"Do all the good you can, by all the means you can, in all the ways you can, in all the places you can, at all the times you can, to all the people you can, as long as you can…" (John Wesley)

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